Meghan Stabler, a transwoman and a member of the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign, who was standing on the northwest side of the Capitol steps with a group of gay and lesbian people said they had tears in their eyes when they heard the word ''gay'' being mentioned by the president, reports the Huffington Post.
Obama, in his inaugural address had 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."
Four years ago, many gay rights advocates were hopeful that Obama would help their movement. Over the course of his first term, Obama has done more for gay rights than any other president, and after Monday, he is now the first to use the word gay in a presidential inauguration speech.
Even more astounding to some listening was Obama's mention of Stonewall - a New York City bar where a series of riots took place in the late 60s and that is widely considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement - in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town thought to be the birthplace of the black rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York town that hosted one of the first women's rights conventions.
Marc Solomon, the National Campaign Director for Freedom To Marry, a D.C.-based gay rights organization, said he was still "pinching himself". He said it was the most powerful legitimation that the LGBT community could have ever dreamed of. Jennifer Chrisler, the executive director of the Family Equality Council, a national gay rights group, took her 10-year-old son, Tom. It was important for her son, in part, she said, because "people don't get taught gay history in school". She said the president's speech shows "how far we have truly come".
London: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community of America has described the moment when President Barack Obama uttered the term ''gay'' in his groundbreaking inaugural address as "a moment of pure euphoria".
First Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 19:34