President Obama made bold history in his inaugural address by speaking about “our gay brothers and sisters”. This is the first time the word “gay” and the issue of gay rights has been included in a speech at the presidential swearing in.
“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.”
The President also mentioned the police raid in June 1969 of the Stonewall Inn, while citing milestones of the civil right struggle. He also included the women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848 and the civil rights march in Selma, Ala., in 1965.