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Barack Obama: Gay Rights Champion?

Barack Obama: Gay Rights Champion?

President Barack Obama speaks alongside First Lady Michelle Obama as he hosts an event for LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House on Monday (June 29) in Washington, D.C.

“I want you to know: You have our support,” Obama said. “I will not only be your friend, I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you.”

Other pictures include Michelle announcing the release of $851 million in grants to support the construction, renovation and repair of more than 1,500 health centers nationwide. 20+ pics inside…

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Photos: Samuel Loeb/Mandel Ngan/AFP, Mark Wilson/Getty
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43 Responses to “Barack Obama: Gay Rights Champion?”

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  1. 26
    jaye Says:

    jopi @ 06/30/2009 at 7:29 pm

    @jaye: People need to wait for their civil rights?? — how ridiculous!!!
    If you pick up a history book you’ll find MANY people did wait on CIVIL RIGHTS.
    Civil rights are RIGHTS we enjoy by law. They are already laws in existence; there is no such law for Gay Marriage. So their CIVIL RIGHTS can’t be violated in that regard. In our country Civil Rights are usually thought of in terms of the specific RIGHTS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION: freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press, and the rights to due process of law and to equal protection under the law. I don’t recall the constitution saying anything about GAY Marriages. If they want to AMEND the Constitution well have at it, but it’s not a CIVIL RIGHT until there is a LAW.

  2. 27
    alanta Says:


    I think ole Abe would be appalled at some of the top corporations/billionaires and some of the corruption going on in this country. Perhaps some of the laws passed that allowed such corruption and loop-holes need to change. Phill Gramm of thinking must change.

    Sh!t rolls down hill, that’s about all.

  3. 28
    YES! Says:

    HE is all talk. HE made the gays and lesbians believe he would change things, but all he does is talk.
    People voted for him based on his promises to legalize gay marriage and equal rights.

  4. 29
    Anonymous Says:

    If gay marriage becomes legally acceptable then why not polygany or polandry. Monogamy isn’t a one type fits all solution to many relationships. In a democracy this needs to be recognised!

  5. 30
    Jessica Says:


    Who cares!

    People are suffering because there are NO jobs.

  6. 31
    zy Says:

    people…are your seriously agaisnt obama because of that fact that things hasnt change yet….just because he is president now doesnt mean that in 2 months everything will be jolly and fine..he said it time and time again…change takes time….. give it some time obama is doing the best he can with gay community but it isnt up to him for gay marriage..he doesnt pick and choose which states should allow it and which shouldnt..he is trying his best..give us schools,health centers..trying to end the FCUKING war bush but on his shoulders..trying to bring back our soilders..if u wanna complain so fcuking much call in mccain..who wants the war to continue until the end….or u can call in bush..who did what for us??..change takes time..obama is not all talk he will come through on his promises, dnt lose your hope in him just because everything isnt perfect take time..obama is giving those who lost their job because of the economy a second chance..give it time he has only been in office of 6 months..AND HE CAN READ obama isnt trying to be anyone but himself.

  7. 32
    Lalique Says:

    @jaye: You forgot pursuit of happiness.

  8. 33
    Lalique Says:

    @YES!: Sorry, no, he didn’t promise to legalize gay marriage. He actually stated, quite clearly and simply, that he believed marriage to be between a man and a woman.

  9. 34
    Lalique Says:

    @Anonymous: You mean, polygamy and polyandry, right? Oh, I’d like to see the prenups these would cause…

  10. 35
    Jacob Says:

    Why did gays and lesbians vote for Obama? He does not support gay marriage. He has stated many times that he believes marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. He’s a hypocrite when it comes to marriage rights for gay people.

  11. 36
    Liverwurst Says:

    Kat #16 You’re the smartest poster I’ve read in a long, long time. Thank you.

  12. 37
    bulrush Says:

    @zy: He inherited one hell of a mess thanks to the previous incumbent. Patience is called for in all sectors of the community. Patience and support.

  13. 38
    violet Says:

    Someone, PLEASE, tell her to lose the belts!!! Enough, already. BTW, great point Kat. But I would argue that Pres Obama can read just fine (just ask his faithful companion the telprompter), The problem is he doesn’t believe any of what you quoted from Lincoln.

  14. 39
    Halli Says:

    I support Barack Obama. He is not perfect buit is a VAST improvement.

    Kat… I hope that those words of Abe Lincoln can be remembered by the current brand of the Republican Party who are only interested in tearing down people for self interest.

    Michelle looks beautiful.

    Peace out!

  15. 40
    sophie Says:

    aww bless this man, been a while since i saw such a genuinely warm human being

  16. 41
    sophie Says:

    @h: lol true but i think he personally isnt, his party is & i really think he would legalize it if he could but his party is against it so yeah you know

  17. 42
    Michael Adam Says:

    @Michael adam: I’m referring to your local “redefinition of marriage act,” when I say “[I'm assuming you voted for that, by the way...]“

  18. 43
    suppress your appetite Says:

    @lucia: OMG ….

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