President Obama in his second inaugural address made references to at three civil rights milestones in American history, with two of them being based here in New York.

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth,” Obama said.

Seneca Falls, in the state’s Finger Lakes region, is considered the birthplace of the women’s rights movement in American history after a multi-day convention in 1848.

The 1969 raid of a Greenwich village gay bar called Stonewall and the resulting riot, similarly, is crediting with being the spark of the first LGBT-rights movement in the country.

Of course, New York is the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage, doing so in 2011. It was the vote in the state Senate that President Obama says was his inspiration for eventually stating his public support for same-sex marriage, the first sitting president to do so.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is not at the festivities in Washington, D.C. as he puts together his budget proposal, makes similar references to Seneca Falls and Stonewall when he invokes New York as the “progressive capital of the nation.”

Obama made a reference to the same-sex marriage debate in his address as well:

“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,” he said.