By Allie Gregory | 0 comments
Yesterday, Obama’s Second Inauguration captivated American’s across the country. One of the best surprises came with the President’s address to the American people. Through the course the speech the Obama recaptured the hope of 2008. Yet, one of the most personal progressive values was the call for equal rights and marriage equality:
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law—for if we are truly equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
Barack Obama is the first president to ever directly call for marriage equality in an inaugural address. In fact, he is the first president to ever use the word “gay” in such a speech. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Obama aptly spoke of the 1969 Stonewall riots tying them to the same struggles faced in the civil rights and women’s suffrage movement.
The LGBT community is incredibly elated by the news. Activists who have long supported the president feel at last they’ve been heard. In an interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN, Inaugural poet, Richard Blanco expressed how “simply amazing” it was. As an openly gay man, Blanco faced conservative prejudices who refused to be part of this inauguration because of him. However, President Obama’s speech was uncompromising and bold, he strongly advocated for equality and did not shy from his values. For many American families across the country this marked the first time that their equal rights were addressed on a historic stage such as this.
Today, we look forward to supporting the President as he brings about progressive change. The speech has re-energized the people and our commitment to social change and justice is stronger than ever.
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