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LGBT-rights advocate Terry McAuliffe takes oath as Virginia's 72nd governor

BY LARRY O'DELL
ASSOCIATED PRESS

RICHMOND, Va. -- Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and rainmaker for Bill and Hillary Clinton, was sworn in as Virginia's 72nd governor on a mild and rainy Saturday.

In an inaugural address on the south portico of the state Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, McAuliffe emphasized bipartisanship as he put several years of campaigning behind him to begin the more challenging task of leading a politically divided government. Republicans have firm control of the House of Delegates, while the outcome of two special elections will determine control of the Senate.

His remarks promoting gay rights and abortion rights drew some of the loudest cheers. He said his administration would work to ensure equal opportunity for all "no matter whom you love," and to protect women's rights to make their own health care decisions.

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