President Barack Obama took the oath of office today, and in so doing not only made a bit of history in terms of winning his second term in office, but made real history with the mention of and pushing of LGBT rights. Obama stated:
“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…It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. 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.”
During his first term in office, President Obama was rather timid about LGBT rights. This caused him and the Democrats problems in the wake of the death of Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Obama later went on to push the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and supports the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and same-sex marriage.