One of the nation’s biggest gay and lesbian conventions kicks off in Atlanta today. Thousands of attendees to the National Conference on LGBT Equality are riding high after big wins during the November elections and an unprecedented shout out from the president during Monday’s inaugural speech.
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” Mr. Obama said during his second inaugural address to the nation.
Members of the National Gay and Lesbian Task force said those words electrified them as they prepared for the convention that kicks off today here in Atlanta.
“I about fell out of my chair,” said Deputy Executive Director Russell Roybal. “I never thought I’d hear the president say that.”
The president’s remarks came after voters in four more states approved same-sex marriage during the November elections. Roybal said it is clear that Americans approve of gay marriage and opponents are “stunned.”