During the Inauguration ceremony that took place in Washington D.C, in his second Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama touched on sensitive topics like health care, economy, gun control, climate change and gay rights.
See his speech in full above.
This was the first time a US President used the term “gay” in an 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,” he said.
“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth,” the President added.
His speech and the entire ceremony were watched by an estimated 600,000 in Washington, with millions more watching it live on TV at home.