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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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.

For inaugural poet Richard Blanco, a journey home to America

Friday, November 29, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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)

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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)

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Obama’s inaugural address sends Fischer off on another anti-gay rant

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
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NOM’s Brian Brown: Gays ‘are already treated equally under the law’

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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.” [ Read more → ]
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)

Scenes from the Inaugural Ball

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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." [ Read more → ]
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Watch: Richard Blanco delivers poem ‘One Today’ at Obama’s inauguration

Monday, January 21, 2013
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.... [ Read more → ]
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)

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

Monday, January 21, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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)

Obama inaugural speech references gay rights struggle, Stonewall riots

Monday, January 21, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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)

Out inaugural poet Richard Blanco pays homage to American experience

Monday, January 21, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
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Official White House photo: Second-term President Barack Obama

Monday, January 21, 2013
To mark the occasion of his second term in office, the White House last week released President Barack Obama’s new, official portrait. The photo was taken last month by White House photographer Pete Souza in the Oval Office. [ Read more → ]
Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

The 57th Presidential Inauguration: Obama delivers inaugural address

Monday, January 21, 2013
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday promised to uphold the Constitution in a public swearing in ceremony that signals the beginning of his second term in office. Placing his hand on two Bibles -- one used by President Abraham Lincoln at his first Inauguration... [ Read more → ]
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Obama, Biden take oaths in private ceremonies, begin second term in office

Sunday, January 20, 2013
In two separate, private ceremonies, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of their second term in office. [ Read more → ]
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Minister at inaugural advocated for D.C. marriage equality law

Saturday, January 19, 2013
An Episcopal priest selected to deliver the closing prayer — or benediction — at President Obama’s inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Monday was one of the leaders in 2009 of an interfaith group of clergy that campaigned for D.C.’s same-sex marriage law. Rev.... [ Read more → ]
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Air Force sergeant discharged under DADT to participate in inauguration

Thursday, January 17, 2013
A former U.S. Air Force sergeant, who was kicked out of the military in 2002 and eventually went to work for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," will be one of eight featured "citizen co-chairs" of President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday. The "citizen... [ Read more → ]
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Episcopal priest to replace anti-gay pastor for inaugural benediction

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — The pastor of the Episcopal parish known as "the church of the presidents" will give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration. The Rev. Luis Leon of St. John's Church has been chosen for the honor. He replaces Atlanta megachurch pastor Louie Giglio,... [ Read more → ]
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Pastor withdraws from inauguration after audio of anti-gay sermon surfaces

Thursday, January 10, 2013
The pastor chosen to deliver the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration has withdrawn from the ceremony after a recording surfaced Wednesday of a vehemently anti-gay sermon he delivered in the mid-1990's. The Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta said in a statement he withdrew because it was likely that the "prayer I would offer will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration." [ Read more → ]
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Pastor selected for inaugural benediction under fire for ‘rabidly anti-LGBT views’

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Georgia pastor selected by President Barack Obama to deliver the benediction at his second-term inauguration has come under fire for an anti-gay sermon in which he advocated for “ex-gay” therapy, and made references to biblical passages often interpreted as advocating for the execution of gays. Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta — whose selection was announced Tuesday by the Presidential Inauguration Committee — reportedly delivered a sermon in the mid-1990s in which he preached “rabidly anti-LGBT views,” according to... [ Read more → ]
Richard BlancoPhoto by Nico Tucci, via Richard-Blanco.com

Openly gay, Latino poet selected to read original poem at Obama’s inauguration

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Wednesday that openly gay poet Richard Blanco will be one of five people selected to read an original poem at a President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration. Blanco, 44, will be the first Latino, first gay man, and youngest person to serve the role. [ Read more → ]
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