During his swearing in today, President Barack Obama made mention of his support for LGBT rights, and even mentioned the Stonewall Riots which began this current push towards equality. LGBT rights groups have reacted to this, of course.
Allyson Robinson, an Army veteran and the Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN, stated “Today, President Obama made history with a clear and passionate declaration of the fundamental rights of LGBT Americans, and all Americans. We honor the work of his first term – especially his leadership in the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ – and expect great progress over the next four years on the very real inequalities that exist for our LGBT service members, veterans, and their families as we work together to bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.”
Anthony Martinez, Executive Director of The Civil Rights Agenda, stated “The importance of President Obama’s second inaugural address to the American people, and specifically LGBT Americans, cannot be understated. His recognition of the Stonewall Riots in the proud arc of America’s Civil Rights movements was inspirational and historic. It shows that LGBT Americans are no longer fighting to be recognized, but fighting to reach the end of this journey where we will all share the same rights and responsibilities and our families will no longer be marginalized but will be celebrated. As the gay community fights for the right to marry in this and other states throughout the nation, the President’s words ring forth as a shining example of the need for legislative zeal to bring forth justice. As we continue to fight for the very right to be equals in society and in the nation’s laws, it is President Obama’s words that will further our passion and recognition of LGBT America’s diversity, as exemplified by Richard Blanco as the first Hispanic and first gay inaugural poet. The President’s speech is a reminder that we have a choice to make history happen: as a state and a nation we must act now.”