The Lesbian and Gay Band Association, a national band with members from across the country, will march in Barack Obama’s Inauguration Parade on January 20, 2009. The Lesbian and Gay Band Association will be the first openly gay band to march at a President’s Inauguration Parade.

Barack Obama’s Inauguration Committee selected the Lesbian and Gay Band Association to be one of several dozen bands to march at the Inauguration Parade of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. The organization will be the first lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender group to march in the Presidential Inauguration Parade.

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association was founded in Chicago in 1982 and consists of 34 concert and marching bands across the country. A 177-piece band organized by the group will join other bands from across the country in the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. The parade occurs after the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association previously performed at the inauguration celebrations for President Bill Clinton, but did not march in Clinton’s inauguration parade. Over 1400 marching bands applied to perform in Obama’s Inauguration Parade, and only a few dozen were selected.

Obama’s decision to choose the Lesbian and Gay Band Association comes at a time when the passage of Proposition 8 in California has reignited the fight over civil rights for homosexuals. Though Barack Obama at several points during his Presidential campaign stated that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, he opposed Proposition 8 late in his campaign when he was clearly ahead in the polls. Now, Obama is clearly aligning himself with the liberal stance on homosexuality. Choosing an openly gay marching band for his inauguration parade is a pretty clear indication that Obama does not believe homosexuality is morally wrong, as many Americans do.

One of Bill Clinton’s early acts as President was to allow gays to serve in the military. Will Barack Obama similarly fight for the political rights of gays in America?

Watch the Lesbian and Gay Band Association play below:

Lesbian and Gay Band Association