by Ben Johnson
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama forcefully advanced the homosexual agenda in his second inaugural address this afternoon, saying redefining marriage must be enacted “by [God's] people here on earth."
“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,” he said.
The 1969 Stonewall riots, in which homosexuals in drag pelted and attempted to immolate police for raiding a Mafia-run gay bar, are considered by many the genesis of the modern homosexual political movement.
“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 president said.
The president endorsed same-sex “marriage” in May, saying he was motivated in part by his Christian faith and his belief in the Golden Rule.
Although the president trumpeted his support for redefining marriage during the presidential campaign, he promised to leave the issue to be settled by the states. However, his decision to include gay 'marriage' in an inaugural address alongside issues such as green energy, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and robust entitlement programs, which he has pledged to actively champion, suggests it may be part of the president's legislative, or administrative, agenda.
The president wove homosexual activism into multiple aspects of the inaugural ceremonies.
A clergyman who supports the homosexual movement gave the benediction in place of a pastor who supports the traditional family.
Luis León, the rector of St. John's Episcopal Church just across the street from the White House, has been described by MSNBC as a “pro-gay Episcopal priest.”
In his benediction, Leon said: “We pray for Your blessing, because without it, suspicion, despair, and fear of those different from us will be our rule of life." León said all people are created the same, “whether brown, black or white...gay or straight.”
Leon replaced Rev. Louie Giglio, who was pressured out of giving the benediction by homosexual activists who had discovered a sermon he delivered in the 1990s offering a “Christian response to homosexuality.”
In that sermon Giglio had said, “We must lovingly but firmly respond to the aggressive agenda of not all, but of many in the homosexual community.”
At another juncture in the inaugural festivities, poet Richard Blanco earned the distinction of becoming the first gay Hispanic poet ever to read a poem during an inauguration.
The president began his oration by quoting the Declaration of Independence's dictum that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
“Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time,” said the president.
In a statement Live Action founder Lila Rose encouraged the president to recognize the unalienable right to life of the unborn, and to work to defend it.
“President Obama, as you are sworn in today, millions of Americans have already begun to mourn the over 55 million children killed by abortion since 1973,” Rose wrote on her Facebook page, referencing many regional pro-life events before this weekend's March for Life. “History will judge you – and everyone in public office – by what you chose to do and by what you did not do. Stop funding the biggest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, with over half a billion tax dollars a year. Stop advocating for abortion as a so-called 'right, a solution to the needs of women.”
“Like you saw the preciousness of the children tragically killed at Sandy Hook, see the preciousness of the child in the womb and help heal our broken nation,” she concluded.