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Inauguration 2013

Following is coverage of Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration, the formal ceremony that marks the beginning of a major political leader’s term of office. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

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For inaugural poet Richard Blanco, a journey home to America

| Friday, November 29, 2013
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APIn this Jan. 21, 2013 file photo, poet Richard Blanco speaks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington during the inauguration for President Barack Obama, left, and Vice President Joe Biden right.
MIAMI -- The Miami neighborhood where inaugural poet Richard Blanco grew up, in many ways, resembles Cuba his family left behind. Down the street, a man sells avocados from a small table. His favorite bakery, a few blocks north, serves guava pastries and cafe con leche.

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Gay rights activists laud Obama’s inaugural address, now want action

| Wednesday, January 23, 2013
In this Jan. 21, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama delivers his Inaugural address at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. Obama's emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Barack Obama's emphatic gay rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next.

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‘Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall:’ LGBT rights are civil rights

| Tuesday, January 22, 2013
President Barack Obama waves to crowd after his Inaugural speech at the ceremonial swearing-in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Andrews, Pool)
Presidential inauguration days are often filled with pomp, circumstance, cheering crowds, and moments to remember, but rarely do they so perfectly illustrate a dramatic shift in our country’s understanding and acceptance of cultural changes. The second inauguration of President Barack Obama did just that. ... To be sure, having our President call for full equality for gay Americans in what is one of the biggest and most viewed speeches of his Presidency is monumental.

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Obama’s inaugural address sends Fischer off on another anti-gay rant

| Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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It has been awhile since Bryan Fischer went off on a good ol' fashioned anti-gay rant on his radio program, but yesterday's inaugural address by President Obama seems to have set him off. In his remarks, Obama declared that "our journey is not complete until...

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NOM’s Brian Brown: Gays ‘are already treated equally under the law’

| Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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The National Organization for Marriage on Tuesday criticized — to no one’s surprise — President Barack Obama’s LGBT-inclusive inaugural address, calling it an attempt to “further divide the nation on the question of what is marriage.”

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Scenes from the Inaugural Ball

| Tuesday, January 22, 2013
President Barack Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama during The Inaugural Ball at the Washington convention center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
In this scene from Monday night's Inaugural Ball, President Barack Obama bows as he and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, gets ready to dance as singer Jennifer Hudson, right, sings Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."

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Watch: Richard Blanco delivers poem ‘One Today’ at Obama’s inauguration

| Monday, January 21, 2013
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Poet Richard Blanco delivers his an inaugural poem "One Today" on Monday at President Barack Obama's second term inauguration. In addition to being the youngest ever inaugural poet, Blanco, 44, is the first Hispanic and the first openly gay person to serve in the role....

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Inaugural reaction: Advocacy groups hail Obama’s call for LGBT equality

| Monday, January 21, 2013
President Barack Obama gestures as he gives his inauguration address during a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)
LGBT advocacy groups on Monday hailed President Barack Obama's historic call for LGBT equality, becoming the first American president to include his support for marriage equality as part of his inaugural address.

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Obama inaugural speech references gay rights struggle, Stonewall riots

| Monday, January 21, 2013
President Barack Obama waves after his ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama referenced the Stonewall gay rights riots in his inaugural address, classing them as a civil rights watershed along with key moments in the struggles for blacks and women.

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Out inaugural poet Richard Blanco pays homage to American experience

| Monday, January 21, 2013
President Barack Obama greets poet Richard Blanco on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, after Blanco's reading at the president's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)
WASHINGTON — Poet Richard Blanco has delivered an inaugural poem paying homage to the American experience. Blanco, at age 44 the youngest ever inaugural poet, recited a poem that painted vivid scenes about America and included reflections on his experience growing up as Cuban exile...

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