When President Barack Obama noted “our gay brothers and sisters” and their struggle for civil rights in his inaugural speech on Monday, he was making history. He was the first president to cite the LGBT community during the keynote presidential address.
Reviews of past presidential inaugural speeches turned up no prior mentions of gays and lesbians, though Obama and former President Bill Clinton did note the struggle for gay rights primarily the bid to serve openly in the military in State of the Union speeches.
“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,” Obama
The president’s comments drew praise from LGBT rights groups and advocates.