"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."
- President Barack Obama
Never will the LGBT community, or for that matter the nation, have another Inauguration Day like the one that happened this day. With the ease of the wind against the flat prairies, the President of the United States for the first time ever in an Inauguration Address included LGBT Americans in the fabric of the nation. He lifted us up from a contentious issue to a civil rights struggle that must be won in order for the Declaration of Independence to have meaning. He embraced our right to love and marry.
Those who have doubts about his commitment to our epic struggle, clearly don't want to hear his powerful and inclusive words that were heard in every home around the world. Most importantly, the words were heard by the United States Supreme Court Justices sitting right behind the President!
Out Poet Richard Blanco became America's poet today with his masterpiece of a poem. In one moment Blanco has risen to join the other great American poets like Angelo, Frost, Whitman, Morrison and Hughes. What imaginary, what beauty in his words and what an extraordinary portrait of all America.
Never have I felt such pride in one of our own giving the nation the gift of his art.
However, we would be narrow in our own thinking just to claim this day as our own. Today was America's day with everyone included and no person left behind. From the struggles of young immigrants wanting an education, to women desiring equal pay for equal work, to the poor desiring income to feed the children and to those who simply aspire to be a new greatness...this was their day too.
Savor this moment. While there will be future moments of greatness for LGBT Americans, there will never be another day quite like this one.
Thank you Mr. President!