We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don’t tell me we can’t uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. Passions fly on immigration, but I don’t know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. This too is part of America’s promise – the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.
Obama has consistently mentioned gays and lesbians to mainstream audiences and framed gay rights as basic civil rights. In a November 2007 interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, the would-be nominee said basic hospital visitation for gay couples was not a "special privilege." On the campaign trail in Texas before a predominately black audience, Obama addressed homophobic remarks by saying it was "not very Christian" to criticize gays.
The speech may not be everything you want. But gays and lesbians are in there and included in Obama's vision—in a presidential nomination speech given 45 years to the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered "I Have a Dream." Can't ask for much more than that.