I was at the Greater Seattle Business Association Business (the GSBA) and Humanitarian awards dinner on Thursday night. I am on the board, and this is one of our annual dinners where we recognize business and community leaders for their outstanding contributions to social justice. It was an incredibly moving experience to see so many community leaders coming together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the country's largest LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Patty Murray was the keynote speaker. Before she spoke I introduced myself. We talked about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell signing ceremony. I told her how amazing it was to witness to signing. She said, "I go to a lot of these signings, but that one is something I will never forget. The energy there was different. It was amazing."
Later in the evening the Senator took the stage to award Tutta Bella Pizzeria owner Joe Fugere with the Business of the Year award. After she presented the award, she gave an outstanding speech that I regret not recording in its entirety. She spoke about the significance of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the passage of hate crimes legislation. And then she spoke about the President's order to the Department of Justice to stop defending section 3 of DOMA. With the audience on their feet, I finally hit record on my phone and captured this video.