Mark Joseph Stern and Bryan Lowder
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Despite the impending Supreme Court showdown over marriage equality, President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address contained only three references to gay rights. Most notably, Obama praised same-sex marriage as “a story of freedom across our country” and “a civil right.” He also said that Americans now “value the dignity and worth” of gay citizens.
But that doesn’t mean Obama’s speech wasn’t historic for the LGBTQ community. Toward the end of his address, Obama declared that Americans “condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.” This marks the first time a president has used the words transgender and bisexual in a State of the Union address (in addition to the explict use of the term lesbian rather than the generic gay).* In 2010, Obama became the second president to use the word gay in a State of the Union address, regarding his efforts to end the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy. (The word made its first appearance in a State of Union address when President Bill Clinton used it in 2000 in reference to a hate crime.)**
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