Obama Affirms Support for Gay Equal Rights in Historic Inaugural Speech

In his second inaugural address, the President has affirmed his support for equal rights for gays and lesbians. “Our journey is not complete,” he stated, “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 cited the 1969 Stonewall riots, an historic event in the modern LGBT movement; he compared the riots to important moments in the struggles for racial and gender equality: “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.”

For a pre-election post outlining the President’s positions and achievements with respect to LGBT youth, click here.