Equality

This morning, President Barack Obama made history by being the first president to discus gay rights in his inauguration speech. “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.”

EqualLoveAs I said before, I feel that marriage equality is coming. Obama had to appease the masses in order to get re-elected, but now is the time to move forward. “[P]reserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action… We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few… We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.”

 

Today we celebrate the great works of Martin Luther King Jr., and Obama recognized this by paraphrasing Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech: “we cannot walk alone… our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”

President Barack Obama, this morning: “[H]istory tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth… That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American.”

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