President Obama is making multiple historical waves with his second inaugural address with a speech which touched on equal rights for LGBTs for the first time.
Last May, President Obama became the first sitting president of the United States to call for marriage equality, and included the call for equal LGBT rights in his second inaugural address.
“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,” said the president in his second inaugural address.
President Obama embraced many progressive issues in his second inaugural address, including expansion of the nation’s entitlement programs, climate change, and marriage equality, reports Yahoo! News.
The president also touched on gun control, saying that “all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown” need to be kept safe.
Predictably, President Obama’s staunchly partisan second inaugural address is being embraced and damned by the public and the press along strict party lines.
An article on Breitbart titled “Obama Declares War on Liberty As We Know It” called the speech “a struggle to undo the seeming injustices of America’s past, and to overcome the army of straw men that stand in opposition to progress.”
Meanwhile, Think Progress said that the second inaugural address “will no doubt be recorded in the annals of history as a pivotal moment in the long journey for social justice and freedom from oppression.”
Here’s video of President Obama’s second inaugural address. What do you think?