President Obama calls for equality in inauguration speech

President Obama calls for equality in inauguration speech

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Moments after President Obama was sworn in, he gave an Inaugural Address letting the country know the movement for equal rights is not over.

"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law," President Obama said.

The President made history becoming the first president to mention equal rights for gay Americans in an Inaugural Address.

"Two-thirds of Texans believe that the couples should have some form of legal recognition," said Chuck Smith, Executive Director for Equality Texas.

Smith says it's not surprising the President is supporting gay marriage as the country is moving in the same direction.

"The President's mention of that only gives more credence to the fact that more and more Americans' views are changing and that in fact supporting equality is now a mainstream value," Smith said.

President Obama is calling for more to be done to deal with climate change.

"Some may deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but not can avoid the devastation of raging fires and crippling drought," President Obama said.

Those in support of the President's agenda want him to focus more on clean energy.

"There's so much potential, especially in a state like Texas so we have a lot of wind potential and I think a lot of solar potential in the country and we're just not there," Lydia Avila of the Sierra Club said.

The President is also pushing for equal pay for women.

"Our journey is not complete until our wives our mothers and daughters equal to their efforts," said President Obama.

But for some women they still just want a job.

"Climate change is very serious, but we got to live and eat today," said Shivon Bedford, who is unemployed.

She says she voted for President Obama, but is not happy with what she heard today.

"There are a whole lot of unemployed African American people," she said.

Bedford says the President needs to focus more on the economy and not so much on environmental and social issues.

"I have friends that are gay. I have friends that are straight and I don't discriminate, but I say you take care of all of us and I mean our President has done a lot of things but addressing African Americans is not one of them," she said.

President Obama wants to make easier for immigrants who earn a college education to stay and work in America.

"Until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce whether than expelled from our country," President Obama said.

The President faces some tough challenges from Republicans and will need their support to get his legislation passed.

Monday, he called on the nation to come together and to stop party-line bickering.

"The oath I have sworn before you today like the one recited by others who serve in this capitol was an oath to god and country not party or facet. And we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service," President Obama said.

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