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Obama inaugural speech references Seneca Falls among key moments in rights struggles

President Barack Obama referenced Seneca Falls among several key moments the struggles of various groups for civil rights.
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Washington (WSYR-TV/AP) - President Barack Obama referenced Seneca Falls among several key moments the struggles of various groups for civil rights.

The President cited the Finger Lakes community for its historical importance in the women’s rights movement, alongside Selma, Ala., and the Stonewall Riots in New York City.

The Declaration of Sentiments, which emerged from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, was a key document in the history of women’s suffrage.

The president said that the truth that all are created equal guides us today "just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall."

The Stonewall riots happened in New York City in 1969 when patrons at a gay bar reacted to police harassment, and the events helped found the modern gay-rights movement.

Obama, who has become increasingly outspoken in favor of gay rights and same-sex marriage, also said the nation's journey is not complete "until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law."

Selma is famous for the Selma to Montgomery marches, three crucial marches in the history of the Civil Rights movement in the South.

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