First Lady Michelle Obama, San Antonio Mayor Juan Castro, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were among the Democrats endorsing gay rights in their Democratic National Convention speeches.

But while the four are examples of politicians who want to show their support for the gay community, they are coming under some criticism for avoiding use of the words “gay” or “lesbian.”

“If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love, then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American dream,” Michelle Obama said.

She added: “Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it … and he wants everyone in this country to have the same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love.”

Castro: “When it comes to letting people marry whoever they love, Mitt Romney says, 'No.'”

Emanuel: “Whose leadership, whose judgment, whose values doe you want in the White House when that crisis lands like a thud on the Oval Office desk? … A person who wanted to keep 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell?' Or a president who believes that who you love should not keep you from serving the country you love?”

Patrick: “Today, with Labor at the table, we've made the reforms in our pensions and benefits systems, our schools, our transportation system and more that Mr. Romney only talked about. And today in Massachusetts, you can also marry whomever you love.”

It must be noted that Obama, Emanuel and Patrick in particular are strong supporters of gay rights.