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Obama first president to talk gay rights in inaugural address

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:30:59 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 12:37:55 AM CST

The head of Colorado Springs Pride responds to President Obama's inaugural address.


President Barack Obama made history Monday when he became the first president ever to mention gay rights during an inaugural address.

"I certainly expected that there would be some type of mention about LBGT equality, and was very pleased when he went farther in my opinion," said Charles Irwin, the executive director of Colorado Springs Pride.

Irwin said he had to rewind his TV when he heard Obama mention 'Stonewall' when speaking about civil rights milestones. It's a reference to the 1969 police raid of a New York City gay bar and subsequent riots.

Obama went on to say, "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."

Irwin said he felt proud to be an American when he heard those words.

"I read somebody else's Facebook post today when that happened, and it was: 'Finally I'm being treated equal,'" Irwin said. "And I think that was phenomenal. I think that's really what the message was to the LBGT community--you should be equal."

Not everyone agreed with Obama's remarks. Peter Sprigg with the conservative Family Research Council told ABC News that he agrees with the president "that all people are created equal by God and all people should be treated equally under the law... But the president is implying that some people are created or born gay and I do not believe the evidence supports."

Obama's address comes just days before Colorado's civil unions bill is introduced at the capitol. That will happen Wednesday.


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