President Barack Obama opened his second inaugural address by quoting the statement from the preamble to the Declaration of Independence that all men ‚Äúare endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
He then went on to say that if men were in fact created equal, then homosexual ‚Äúlove‚ÄĚ must be equal as well.
‚ÄúWhat makes us exceptional, what makes us American,” said Obama, ‚Äúis our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: ‚ÄėWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.‚Äô”
‚ÄúToday we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time,‚ÄĚ said Obama. ‚ÄúFor history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they‚Äôve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.‚ÄĚ
A bit later in his speech, Obama returned to the theme of God creating all men equal, and this time tied it directly to his belief that the ‚Äúlaw‚ÄĚ should extend equal treatment to ‚Äúthe love‚ÄĚ of homosexuals.
‚ÄúOur 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,‚ÄĚ said Obama.