Obama famously endorsed marriage equality last Spring, but this speech marks the first time LGBT rights have been endorsed in an inaugural speech.
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” said the President, “for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
The President also expressed support for gay people during his victory speech on election night.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try,” he said.
It’s unclear what sort of action will be taken to make marriage equality happen, but these expressions of support are a good sign that things are headed in the right direction.
Hear the President’s words for yourself. Check out the video of his inaugural speech after the jump.
Eve is a twenty-five year old trans woman and writer, and the founder of LGBTeen. She enjoys writing about pop culture, feminism, LGBT issues — and her lived experiences. You can view her writing on LGBTeen and on her personal blog, Original Woman.