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Obama Calls For Equal Treatment Of "Our Gay Brothers And Sisters"

“[I]f we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama said Monday. The first time a president said the word “gay” in an inaugural address.

WASHINGTON — With the justices of the Supreme Court looking on, President Barack Obama took time in his inaugural speech to address gay equality — the first such mention in a presidential inaugural address in the nation’s history.

Leaning toward the issue of how the country treats same-sex couples’ relationships, Obama said, “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.”

The justices are slated to hear two cases this term addressing same-sex couples’ marriage rights — a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act and a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment.

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
Contact Chris Geidner at chris.geidner@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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