Actor George Takei has praised President Barack Obama for including gay marriage in his inaugural speech.

Obama cited Stonewall, the birthplace of the gay rights movement, and stated that “if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

Takei lauded the historic mention during an appearance on MSNBC's The Last Word.

“Those words had never been uttered by a President of the United States in an inaugural speech and after he said that, they cut to a shot of the mass of people gathered there on the mall from the Capitol to the Washington Monument,” Takei told host Lawrence O'Donnell. “And it looked like it was shimmering, all waving the flag. This was my America today. But the president said, 'Our journey is not finished until ...'”

“And I thought of just four years ago when President Obama was first elected. It was a bittersweet election for us. For the first time we had an African-American president. But in that same election in California, Proposition 8 was passed. It was a very, very bitter defeat there. Marriage equality was wiped out from California but this May that's going up to the United States Supreme Court together with the challenge to DOMA – the Defense of Marriage Act. We have come an incredibly long distance in just four years. We are so near to getting marriage equality and that's what this inaugural speech stated.”

(Watch the entire segment at MSNBC.)