President Obama focused much of his speech on civil rights including gay rights. In his address he said gays and lesbians should be treated "like anyone else under the law."
This was the first mention of gay rights in an inauguration speech.
Obama compared their struggle to the struggle for gender and racial equality in the past century.
KAMC News spoke with Andrew Mitchell, a Lubbock resident who praises Obama's comments.
"He acknowledged the fact that we have equal rights just like everyone else," said Mitchell. "Personally, me being gay myself, I think it's awesome that they're acknowledging us and it's pretty much a civil rights movement of our time right now, dealing with homosexuality and them having equal rights compared to everyone else. I mean we are human beings."
A Wall Street Journal poll released in December found that 51% of Americans say they now support same-sex marriage.
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