Jennifer Lopez brings starpower, touts TV show, at $2.5 million Human Rights Campaign gala

October 6, 2013
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin with Jennifer Lopez at the dinner Saturday night. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin with Jennifer Lopez at the dinner Saturday night. More angles on the dress below. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)

With both Joe Biden and DOMA-shattering icon Edie Windsor unable to attend, it fell upon Jennifer Lopez to shoulder the burden of starpower at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala Saturday night.

Not a problem!

“I love you,” she murmured as the crowd of 3,400 stood and whooped in her honor Saturday night, twinkling with diva sincerity in a revealing lacy gown. Another surge of cheers. “I love you, too.”

The superstar came to the Washington Convention Center to receive the gay-rights group’s Ally for Equality award at a dinner that felt like a victory lap, following Supreme Court victories on same-sex marriage. Luminaries included Gloria Steinem, Julian Bond, Tim Gunn and Prop 8 and DOMA plaintiff’s lawyers David Boies, Ted Olson and Roberta Kaplan. (Biden cancelled because of shutdown demands; Windsor, 84, missed the party to headline the New Yorker Festival after its much-read story in which she dished about her sex life with late longtime partner Thea Spyer.)

Lopez, center, with Polo and Saum. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)
Lopez, center, with Polo and Saum. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)

Lopez hailed “my gay and lesbian friends” for helping the dinner raise $2.5 million and declared solidarity: “I’m a single mom, raising my own so-called non-traditional family” — before pivoting to tout “The Fosters,” the new ABC Family drama she produces about a same-sex couple raising foster kids. (More product placement: Her stars, Teri Polo and Sherri Saum, were given a moment at the podium; the gala gift bag included pens and notebooks promoting the show.) While she felt instantly that the show was “groundbreaking and timely,” she had a brief moment of fearing controversy, she said. Indeed, she weathered a brief protest by the conservative One Million Moms — “and I couldn’t have been more proud.”

Okay, J-Lo. — we promise, we’ll tune in one of these days! It fell to auctioneer Dana Goldberg to help the crowd find some laughs. “For all you young gays out there, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. “ Marriage, she joked, should be like handguns: “There should be a waiting period.”

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How did we know you'd want to see another angle on The Dress? Just a guess. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)
How did we know you’d want to see another angle on The Dress? Just a guess. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)
With Gloria Steinem. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)
With Gloria Steinem. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)

 

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Amy Argetsinger · October 6, 2013