Calling equality “the star that… guided our forbearrs through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall,” the President underscored his dedication to LGBT rights:
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.
The day’s events also included the ceremonial swearing in of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as well as performances by James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson, and a 2,000-person parade down the National Mall.