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Obama addresses 3,000 LGBT rights advocates in video message

Friday, January 25, 2013

President Barack Obama issued a video statement airing today before 3,000 LGBT rights advocates assembled in Atlanta this week for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

The recorded message comes just days following Obama’s second term inaugural address where he called for full LGBT equality.

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The conference attracts more than 3,500 people from all over the country every year, including presenters and participants from from the business community, elected officials, students, faith leaders and staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations.

The five-day program features over 350 workshops and training sessions, and networking opportunities.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. He can address whom ever he wants. He has signed well over 100 executive orders – but none say to allow me to file as married on my Federal Tax Return! Words are nothing compared to actions!

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:26pm
  2. Unless he has the balls to sign it into law by executive power . It is of no value ! We only have four more short years left with the best president . In my time , President Obama please get a resolution to this ….

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:28pm
  3. wow isn’t that great Barack Obama said LGBT Americans have not waited long enough for our unalienable rights to be affirmed. He blamed us for heterosupremacist apartheid and told us we have to end those gay bashing laws. http://youtu.be/dyHI5Ea2VQQ – watch and listen carefully to Obama saying he will DO NOTHING to end heterosupremacist apartheid because LGBT Americans have not waited long enough – as if 236 years of inequality is not too long

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:48pm
  4. Obummer may think it is a right, but God calls it a sin.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2:27pm
  5. Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2:28pm
  6. uh love isnt a sin ;) jus sayin so your statement is invalid.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2:37pm
  7. shane – it is love of sin. Most homosexual advocates claim that their motivation is love. The Bible identifies all such attractions and passions as counterfeit love – a perversion of God’s intended design for intimacy and procreation. The immorality, impurity, and covetousness (lust) discussed in Ephesians 5:4-7 each describe an aspect of the kind of “love” that fuels homosexual desire. As for the conduct that flows out of that desire, “it is disgraceful to even speak of the things which are done by them in secret” (

    The truth about homosexuality, as evidenced from the Scriptures, is that such behavior is neither natural nor normal; and it is certainly not morally neutral. It is, instead, a distortion of God’s created order and a violation of His revealed will – making it as profoundly sinful as it is disgraceful and bizarre. Christians who advocate an attitude of tolerance and acceptance toward the homosexual lifestyle, often in the name of love, are in fact exhibiting anything but true, biblical love.

    Without question, any sexual conduct outside heterosexual marriage is clearly forbidden by Scripture. This includes both male homosexuality and lesbianism. Such homosexual unions violate the natural design of marriage as God’s holy institution which He established at Creation. God’s attitude toward homosexual conduct is demonstrated in His wrath poured out on Sodom; and it is made explicit in His instruction on the subject in both Leviticus and Romans.

    The great news is that the gospel invitation extends to every sinner – including the homosexual offering salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life to all who will embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. As He Himself promised: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). And in another place, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37). Countless former homosexuals, even in recent history, have been changed by the truth of the gospel. They are trophies of divine grace, living proof that the love of God can save sinners from even the most enslaving counterfeits.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2:44pm
  8. diego is wrong love isent a sin

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2:46pm
  9. brandon – diego isn’t the one saying it is a sin. God is the one that says it is an abomination and a sin. if you want to tell God that he is wrong, have at it.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:03pm
  10. these people justify hate with a few words not even taught by Christ.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:07pm
  11. Oh great, more Jesus freaks trying to shove their “I’m right, your wrong” ideals down our throats. Don’t you just love religion?

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:10pm
  12. Diego ~ While your words may sound logical, all I have to do is refer to two parts of the bible for your entire anti-gay rhetoric to be exactly that.

    First, in Genesis, God created mankind in God’s image, and said it was pleased. This means ALL people, regardless of any skin color or sexual orientation, is by this alone, divinely blessed and a child of God and has God’s Blessing to love as the person see’s fit.

    Second, Jesus, assumed to be God’s son, said absolutely NOTHING about sexuality and in fact gave us THE Golden Truth, which is “Do to others as you want done to you,” and “Love your neighbor as you Love yourself.” Furthermore, Jesus said “God IS Love.” When you realize that this Love is an Unconditional, Pure Love for all life, and as long as we live with Love in our hearts and live with that Love, which is our Connection to God… then the Only sin is to not Love.

    When you deny another, you make them less than human. When you label and categorize and discriminate, you dehumanize. That is Anti-God.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:18pm
  13. Diego is a kid, he knows nothing about life or love, only what he has been brainwashed to believe.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:25pm
  14. Diego, no one’s god has any role in every American citizen having the same rights across the board as every other American. This is not a religious issue,except on a personal basis it is a matter of law and American citizen rights.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:46pm
  15. Is this dude fucking kidding me? Get the fuck outta of here with that crap. Nobody asked for your goddamn morality check. I get tired of these goddamn Bible thumpers. Tell me that while you’re having sex outside of marriage, while your girlfriend’s giving you oral, because I’m pretty sure that’s a perversion as well Diego. As for the president, make it a law or quit posturing.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:53pm
  16. Feee fi fo fum. I smell a very very stale closet. It really doesn’t matter how much information you give us LGBT folks about how you think your beliefs say we’re wrong. We aren’t going to believe it or change.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:56pm
  17. No one’s god has any role in every American citizen having the same rights across the board as every other American. This is not a religious issue,except on a personal basis; it is a matter of law and American citizen rights. Mr. Obama has a valid point when he says that change comes from the people of this country, but once the people demand change, as is now happening with equality for, in this case,the American gay community, it is the absolute obligation and responsibility of the Federal government to legislate those demands into law. Without legislation and coast to coast protection,laws and enforcement of those laws, the people’s demands mean nothing. This is the main issue I have had with Mr. Obama all these years: he talks a great talk and I believe he honestly does support equality and does believe in his other stances on various issues, but he doesn’t take that final step and start pushing for his wishes to be law. He will toss a few things out there to satisfy the people, and/or a given group of the people,but on the big stuff he falls flat. Having said all this, I am in no way denegrating Mr. Obama. I have the utmost respect for him and honestly believe he is the best thing that has happened to this nation since JFK. Remember, dissent is not disloyalty, it is not disrespect, it is an American’s right.

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:58pm
  18. I just think people ought to put the blame where it belongs on our elected Congress officials! Think how much could have and would be done if not for the obstructionists GOP!

    Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7:13pm