3) President Obama Delivers a Gay Inclusive Inauguration Address
For the first time for any U.S. President, Obama made a specific mention of gay equality and, indeed, marriage equality in his inauguration address. Said Obama:
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.
President Obama also slipped in a mention of the Stonewall riots, the 1969 action at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that saw gay people rise up in a flash point that kindled the concerted efforts of a once disparate community to come together and demand their rights, setting it within the wider context of the civil rights movement:
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.
Relive the inauguration address below:
This gay inclusive inauguration comes as the Supreme Court of the United States prepares to hear in March several marriage equality cases; the Court may consider the weight of public opinion, and in so doing President Obama’s second inauguration may feature as a landmark that shows in no uncertain terms that the majority of the American people consider gay inclusion absolutely non-negotiable when considering the ideal of equality.
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