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Gay activists laud Obama speech, now want action

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President Barack Obama's emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and suggestions as to what steps should be taken next.

Items on the activists' wish list include appointment of America's first openly gay Cabinet member, steps to curtail unequal treatment of same-sex couples in the military and an executive order barring federal contractors from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The paramount priority for many, however, is same-sex marriage.

Never before Monday's speech had an inaugural address conveyed support for marriage equality. Activists now hope the Obama administration will take concrete steps to follow up, including escalated engagement in pending gay-marriage cases before the Supreme Court.

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