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Obama speech signals continued push on gay rights

Published on Jan 22, 2013 5:57 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama signalled on Monday he will make a strong push for homosexual rights in his second term, vowing in his inaugural speech to fight for equal rights for "our gay brothers and sisters."

Mr Obama became the first president ever to make mention in an inaugural speech of gay rights, earning cheers from activists - and indicating he plans to be more outspoken on the issue than he was during his first four years in office.

"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," Mr Obama said.

He drew a parallel between several watershed rights struggles in United States (US) history - that of women at the landmark Seneca Falls convention in 1848, the civil rights battle in Selma, Alabama, and finally the Stonewall riots in June 1969, widely seen as sparking the gay rights movement.

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