06/27/2008 at 12:00 PM EDT
Michelle Obama was the undisputed star of the night at the Democratic National Committee's 9th Annual Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council Gala Thursday evening in New York City.
After being introduced by New York First Lady Michelle Paterson, the wife of Democratic presidential nominee
Barack Obama received a standing ovation as she took to the stage at the Waldorf-Astoria before delivering the night's keynote address.
"I'm honored to be with you in a week that reminds us just how far we've come as a country," she said. "Five years ago today, the Supreme Court delivered justice with the decision in Lawrence v. Texas that stated that same-sex couples would never again be persecuted through the use of federal alarm."
While Obama, 44, spoke about gay rights, she also praised her husband and explained why she stands firmly behind him. She described the presidential hopeful's idea of the gap between "the world as it is and the world as it should be." These two worlds, she said, should be "one and the same."
"Barack has made crystal clear his commitment to ensuring full equality for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) couples," she said. "The world as it is should be one that rejects discrimination of all kinds."
Michelle Obama has been busy making the media rounds. On June 18, she made a well-received appearance
on The View
, where instead of clashing with famously conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselback
, she complimented her.
"This girl, she's solid," said Obama, whose husband appeared on the show in March. "She's got great kids, she's a great mom, she's funny. So I can disagree with her on a whole range of points. We can still come back again tomorrow."