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President Obama Mentions The Stonewall Riots and LGBT Equality During Inauguration Speech – Video

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President Obama has become the first President in the History of the United States to mention the Lesbian and Gay Community and equality for the community and all United States citizens in his Inaugural speech:

“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.

It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began.  For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.  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.”

During his first four years President Obama’s “fierce advocacy” has been questioned by more than a few in the LGBT community due to the lack of movement on big issue items like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, The Defense of Marriage Act and having to be forcefully pushed to speed up  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. 

While the mention in President Obama’s speech is a great shout out to the GLBT Community the question still remains.

Will President in action, not words help lead the journey to FULL LGBT EQUALITY in his second term?



Of course all the professional LGBT Oragnizations are gushing and fawning over the President about the mention. But lets see if they’ll hold him to his words and push him into action.

Freedom To Marry

In his second Inaugural today, President Obama traced the moral arc from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall, and rightly exalted the struggle for the freedom to marry as part of America’s moral commitment to equality, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom to Marry applauds our president and the moral leadership he has shown, the moral leadership we will continue to need until all Americans, all loving couples, all families, can share fully in the American promise we celebrate on Inauguration Day.

Outserve-SLDN

Today, President Obama made history with a clear and passionate declaration of the fundamental rights of LGBT Americans, and all Americans. We honor the work of his first term – especially his leadership in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – and expect great progress over the next four years on the very real inequalities that exist for our LGBT service members, veterans, and their families as we work together to bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.

National Gay & LesbianTask Force

We couldn’t agree more. It’s now time for the president — and for all of us — to finish the job of ensuring that every American gets a fair shake. President Obama has repeatedly shown he is willing to fight for us. We have another four years to keep the momentum going, and will be vigilant in pursuing policies to ensure our community is not left behind. This includes pushing for federal LGBT employment protections, ending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, combating HIV/ADS, preserving a social safety net, and much more. America deserves nothing less than a president who will treat all families fairly. We congratulate President Obama and his administration and look forward to working with them in this second term to build a stronger future for LGBT people and opportunity for all.

White House Replaces Anti-Gay “Pastor” Louie Giglio With Pro-Gay Episcopal Priest at Inauguration

 

Barack Obama’s Inauguration team has obviously learned a lesson and has announced that the pro-gay The Rev. Luis León, an Episcopal priest whose church is near the White House, will deliver the benediction at the second inauguration of Barack Obama

CNN reports:

The Rev. Luis León told CNN on Tuesday the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee invited him last week to deliver the closing prayer at the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

León pastors Saint John’s Church, an Episcopal parish just across Lafayette Park from the White House, dubbed the “Church of the Presidents.”

“I found out last week,” he told CNN in an interview on Tuesday.A source close to the inaugural committee confirmed León would be delivering the benediction and said a formal announcement would be coming later in the week.

Rev. Luis León and his church is well-known for welcoming openly gay members. The church, which has openly gay, non-celibate priests and has had a gay bishop, announced this summer that it would bless same-sex partnerships and ordain transgender priests. This month, the Washington National Cathedral, an Episcopal church, announced that it would also begin same-sex marriage ceremonies.

 

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: Why the Hell Do We Need ANY Religion At The Inauguration? – Video

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You have to give it to him.  Lawrence really knows how to write and deliver an editorial!

“The bible has more death penalties than Texas law…”

CLASSIC!

Another Slap In The Face! – Anti-Gay “Pastor” Chosen To Deliver Prayer At Inauguration

The LGBT community has been delivered another slap in the face by President Obama and the White House as its been revealed that “Pastor” Louis Giglio, who will deliver the benediction prayer at President Obama’s second inauguration is a fire and brimstone preacher who  has delivered anti-gay sermons that make Rick Warren look pro-gay and has denounced the LGBT community with quotes from Leviticus and demands that Christians fight against LGBT equality.  Giglio is also a supporter of the “ex-gay” movement, saying that “the only way out of a homosexual lifestyle, the only way out of a relationship that has been engrained over years of time, is through the healing power of Jesus.”

An excerpt from Giglio’s “Christian training speech” titled In Search of a Standard – Christian Response to Homosexuality:

(9:20) [God] says very clearly in [Leviticus], verse 22, after he talks about a lot of different kinds of relationships, he says in verse 22: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female. It is an abomination.” Now if you would look forward into the New Testament context, to the passage that most of us know most commonly with this issue, into chapter one of the book of Romans, let’s read a few verses together beginning in verse 18. If you’re taking notes tonight, you might make this the note of Leviticus 20:13 and the book of Jude, we won’t look at those passages but there is some support and encouragement there to this topic.

(17:37) Men, women, I can’t say anything other to you tonight than this, that if you look at the counsel of the word of God, Old Testament, New Testament, you come quickly to the conclusion that homosexuality is not an alternate lifestyle… homosexuality is not just a sexual preference
homosexuality is not gay, but homosexuality is sin. It is sin in the eyes of God, and it is sin according to the word of God. You come to only one conclusion: homosexuality is less than God’s best for his creation. It is less than God’s best for us and everything in our lives that is less than God’s best for us and his plan for us and his design for us, is sin. That’s God’s voice. If
you want to hear God’s voice, that is his voice to this issue of homosexuality. It is not ambiguous and unclear. It is very clear.

The White House has so far refused to respond to questions about Giglio.  And of course the Human Rights Campaign has been silent

UPDATE:  Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the invocation at the has now pulled himself out of the ceremony, after criticism of his previous anti-gay comments and actions, sources confirmed to ABC News

But the fact still stands the Obama Administration and Inauguration Committee DID invite Giglio and this is the and this is the difference between the Republicans who get to be president and the Democrats.  And the Democratic Party.  It deeply hurt Carter, Clinton and Obama that so many people reviled them. Reagan and both Bushes wore it as a badge of honor that they were
reviled by the opposition. So Democratic presidents sadly waste time trying to appeal to people who are going to despise them no matter what by spitting in the faces of those who support them to kiss the asses of those who don’t.

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