"Stand Up For Our Gay And Lesbian Brothers And Sisters:" Obama Calls For Equality In Historic Speech
- 06.19.13 03:03 PM EDT
Obama stood at the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, where Presidents Reagan and Kennedy had stood before him, to speak about a different wall coming down. The President used the speaking opportunity to support religious freedom, immigration and marriage equality for all.
"When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters," he said, "And treat their love and their rights equally under the law, we defend our own liberty as well."
Brandenburg Gate has come to symbolize the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany. This is Obama's second time speaking at the site but his first as president. His last visit was as a presidential candidate five years prior.
In addition to gay rights, Obama focused his remarks on reducing the U.S. nuclear stockpiles by a third.