President Obama's references to same-sex marriage and the Stonewall riots in his inauguration speech were hailed by gay men and lesbians, who view them as a watershed in their quest for civil rights.
It is believed to be the first time in U.S. history that an inaugural address discussed both same-sex marriage and gay rights.
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Obama's mention of Stonewall -- a New York City bar that was the scene of violent clashes between police and gay people in 1969 -- stood out Monday. The president equated Stonewall to Seneca Falls, N.Y., home of the women's rights movement, and Selma, the town in Alabama where civil rights supporters were beaten in 1965 as they marched peacefully for voting rights. Read more »