For 1st time, gay rights get shoutout in inaugural speech
A NBC News review of past presidential inaugural speeches turned up no prior mentions of gays and lesbians, though Obama and former President Bill Clinton did note the struggle for gay rights — primarily the bid to serve openly in the military — in State of the Union speeches.
“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
The president’s comments drew praise from LGBT rights groups and advocates.
One, columnist Dan Savage, commented on Obama’s grouping together of the key moments from the women’s rights, Civil Rights and gay rights movements: “Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall - thank you for that, Mr. President.”
President Obama has also cited gay rights in at least three State of the Union addresses making the mention of LGBTQ Equality a first ever in a inaugural speech!
Bob Says: I have long been a opponent to the false claims and promises made by all politicians in a attempt to secure votes and President Obama has also made some in his time.
Yesterday we as a nation (many of us) took some time to consider the work and commitment to equality by the late Dr. Martin Luther King. The President stayed with that theme when he referenced both the Historical meanings behind Seneca Falls and womens rights, Selma and MLK’s work for civil rights and The start of LGBTQQA Voices in search of equal rights in the Stonewall Riots! Three historical markers with the same equal rights concept as a goal. Proudly we can say both Women and Blacks have come a long way, yet if we are to be honest here it is still work in progress! LGBTQ Rights to Equality is still in the infancy of its needs and hopes to be fully realized and respected.
I hope in time that this constant pursuit of EQUAL rights for ALL can be as accepted as it is due us all.
Now Mr. President please take the courageousness of your speaking these words of hope to that of legislation in reality! You can do this!
side note: I also look forward to the day that all persons can happily and proudly announce to family and friends that they have some one they love and the sex, color and religion have the same respect and relevance as ones good health!