Obama References Gay Rights Movement in Inaugural Address

January 21, 2013

President Barack Obama gave his inaugural address earlier today, and made history when he made two references to gay rights in his speech.

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama said.

He then went on to mention the historic Stonewall Riots, likening it to other major turning points in civil rights and women’s suffrage movements. “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall,” Obama said.

This is the first time in history a President has ever used the word “gay” in an inaugural address. Let’s hope he continues to make history in his final term, and commits to creating real change for LGBT Americans.