By Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Founding Executive Director | I was proud to stand at the Capitol Building today and watch as the President gave his inaugural address, while my colleagues in San Francisco marched in the Martin Luther King Day parade. It was a historic day because it falls on Martin Luther King Jr Day, in the wake of the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation.
It was also a truly historic day for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community because the President spoke clearly in support of LGBT rights twice during his address. He recognized the battles fought by the LGBT community by citing the Stonewall Riots along with Seneca Falls and Selma, legendary moments in the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements. By praising this monumental event in LGBT history, the President demonstrated that he values LGBT rights as human rights.
President Obama also spoke clearly in support of marriage equality, stating “our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated equally under the law. For if we are truly equal, then surely the love that we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
He also cited diversity and openness as important American values, and acknowledged that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work. Out & Equal applauds President Obama for his courage, his vision, and his dedication to equality.
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