Gay Rights Activists Excited About President Obama's Speech

January 21, 2012

President Barack Obama spoke of equality in terms of economics, womens' rights, and gay rights. He is the only president to mention gay rights during an inauguration speech.

"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."

Obama's first term saw the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell in the military. Going into a second term, it seems gay marriage is on the radar. Members of the University of Virginia's University Democrats say it's a challenge they look forward to.

"There is still work to be done in the legalization of gay marriage and that is something we look towards in the future and hopefully that's something he can work towards in his second term," said Katherine Bailey, a second year at UVa.

Gay marriage has already been legalized in nine states, but it could become law on a federal level.

"If we can overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, depending on what happens and if we can get it overturned on the Supreme Court level on the right constitutional basis," said Andre Hakes, a lawyer and gay rights activist in Charlottesville.

Hakes says she is holding out hope. "I'm getting married someday. I might be 90 years old and eating jello off a tray somewhere, but I'm getting married."

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