US President Barack Obama has made an historic mention of GLBT rights in his state of the union speech.
Barack Obama has made history again, becoming the first ever US President to mention the GLBT community in a state of the union address.
Just days after the United States Supreme court said it would take up the issue of marriage equality, the President called same sex marriage a “civil right.”
“I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in 10 Americans call home,” Obama said.
“As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained,” said Obama, adding, “That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer.”
Article | Levi Joule.