Moments ago, President Obama delivered his second-term inauguration speech, during which he made a plea for marriage equality for gay and lesbian men and women. Last year, of course, he became the first sitting president to speak out in favor or marriage equality, and today he became the first president to mention gay and lesbian people in an inauguration speech. He also placed the Stonewall Riots alongside the launch of the women’s rights movement at Seneca Falls and the the launch civil rights movement in Selma, Alabama.
I’ll be honest: In a world where cynicism and snark are the order of the day, I was moved to tears watching the first black president of the United States deliver his second inaugural address on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. That he juxtaposed the gay rights movement with the civil rights movement, in this speech, on this day? It will go down in history as a landmark moment for LGBT rights.
You can watch President Obama’s full speech below:
What did you think of the inauguration speech?