Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank and openly lesbian U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin deliver speeches tonight at the Democratic National Convention.
The program also includes remarks by Zach Wahls, the son of lesbian moms, and the showing of two videos – one about the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t’ tell,” the policy that banned openly gay servicemembers, and the other about marriage equality.
The program features other speeches, mostly from politicians but also from “American voices” and several actresses, and musical performances by James Taylor, Mary J. Blige and the Foo Fighters.
The schedule for the Democratic National Convention for Sept. 6, which begins at about 4:30 p.m. in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.:
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.:
Remarks by U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton of North Carolina, U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield, David Price and Mel L. Watt of North Carolina, Duke Energy CEO James Rogers.
James Taylor will perform, followed by the call to order, the invocation, the presentation of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem.
The next speakers will be U.S. Reps. Donna F. Edwards of Maryland and Barney Frank of Massachusetts and former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt.
From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the program features U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a video about the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” remarks by Jason Crow, a performance by Mary J. Blige, remarks by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, Los Angles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
There will be a video about marriage equality, followed by Zach Wahls, the son of lesbian moms.
The 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. program features Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina, American voices Kenyetta Jones, Ryan Case, Ed Meagher, Martha Figueroa, Lucas Beenken and Rob Hach, nominating remarks for Joe Biden by his son Beau, the vote, and then a performance by the Foo Fighters.
Next, James Clyburn of South Carolina will speak, followed by actresses Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington, author and attorney Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, actress Eva Longoria, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.
From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. the program includes remarks by retired Adm. John B. Nathman, Angie Flores, second lady Dr. Jill Biden and vice president Joe Biden.
From 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. the program includes remarks by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and President Barack Obama.
Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, will deliver the benediction.