Barack Obama

Obamas not going to the Olympics, sending gay athletes instead

The White House has announced the United States Olympic delegation, and it doesn't include the President or the First Lady. But the delegation does include some openly gay people.

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Sally Ride, remembered for achievements and education advocacy, to receive Medal of Freedom

President Obama will give the United States’ first woman in space, Sally Ride, who was also a lesbian, the highest award for which a civilian is eligible.

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Obama to his home state: "Marriage equality makes me proud, our country stronger"

The president had quite a few words of praise for Hawaii, which earlier this week became the 16th state to welcome marriage equality. PinkNews, Gay Star News, LGBT Weekly, and The Huffington Post are among the many sources sharing his message.

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November 4, 2013

President Obama champions for ENDA in op-ed

President Barack Obama wrote a passionate commentary expressing his full support of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the need for congress to pass the bill. The op-ed by President Obama was published in The Huffington Post.

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September 16, 2013

Biden stands by his support for marriage equality

Vice President Joe Biden doubles down his support for marriage equality at an Iowa political fundraiser.

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President Obama tells Jay Leno he has "no patience" for anti-LGBT laws ahead of Russian Olympics

President Obama shared with Jay Leno his frustration with anti-LGBT laws like those enacted in Russia just before the Sochi Winter Olympics. When asked about Russia's anti-gay law, the president responded, "I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them."

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May 30, 2013

The clock is ticking for marriage in Illinois

Famous Illinoisans from Preisident Obama to Senator Mark Kirk, to sports legends Richard Dent and Ernie Banks have stated their support for marriage equality, and advocates for the freedom to marry say they do have the votes they need to pass the measure in the House. Now they just need the opportunity.
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Ten Famous Allies Who Came Out for Equality in 2012

In 2012, quite a few famous faces came out as allies of the LGBT community to tremendous effect. Here are ten of our favorite notable quotes from celebrities and public figures that spoke up for LGBT equality in 2012.
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November 6, 2012

Barack Obama, First American President to support Marriage Equality, Re-Elected

A continued Obama presidency presumably means the administration will continue not to defend the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" in courts of law. Presumably it will mean continued progress towards granting binational same-sex couples more protections against deportations.And President Obama's victory tonight signals to a nation of public figures that it's now truly politically "safe" to support LGBT Americans.

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