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Obama’s State of the Union address leaves many LGBT leaders disappointed

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington./

Larry Downing, Pool (AP)
President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington./

WASHINGTON — In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama spoke of a nation working on issues such as marriage equality and earning the respect of other nations “because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation.”

But while LGBT leaders expressed appreciation for those references, most voiced considerable disappointment over what he did not say.

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said the president was “right to urge Congress to fix our broken immigration system this year, create more jobs, equal pay for women, and the restoration of the Voting Rights Act.” And she praised his announcement to sign an executive order to increase the minimum wage federal contractors must offer their employees.

But, she added, “The irony is that some LGBT federal contract workers will get a pay raise but they could still be fired for who they are and who they love.”

“The longer the President waits, the more damage LGBT people will face,” said Carey. “Discrimination is a painful reality that is too often the lived experience of LGBT people. The President has to act when Congress won’t.”

Tico Almeida, founder and leader of the Freedom to Work group, also expressed frustration.

“President Obama should have challenged the House Republicans to allow a vote” on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), said Almeida. “it’s disappointing that he has still not included LGBT workplace protections among the issues he will handle through executive order as part of his ‘year of action,’” said Almeida. “Both ENDA and the LGBT executive order would have fit perfectly into the themes of this address.”

Lorri Jean, executive director of the nation’s largest LGBT community center and health facility, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, praised Obama for saying “many important things about equality, or the lack thereof.” But she, too, noted he said “nothing about the fact that no federal law protects LGBT people from employment discrimination, let alone equally harmful forms of discrimination.”

The White House did issue to reporters a long supplemental statement in conjunction with the State of the Union address, and that statement did note that, “Today, federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on race, sex, religion, and disability.”

“It’s time to add sexual orientation and gender identity to that list, so that no American worker can lose his or her job simply because of who they are or who they love,” said the statement. “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would provide strong federal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers. Last year, a bipartisan majority of the Senate passed ENDA, and the President renews his call for the House to do the same.”

But Jean said, “I’d be happier with [the supplemental statement] if it came last week or even next week” rather than in conjunction with the State of the Union address.

“It’s almost as if he didn’t dare to say it when the whole country was watching, but they put it out to quell any criticism from our community,” said Jean. “It just seems odd.”

Asked to respond, the White House said, “The State of the Union isn’t a comprehensive list of all of the President’s positions or priorities. The President has long supported ENDA, and its inclusion in our fact sheet reflects the President’s belief that Congress needs to act. It’s time to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of categories protected by federal law against employment discrimination. No American worker should lose his or her job simply because of who they are or who they love. Last year, a bipartisan majority of the Senate passed ENDA, and the President renews his call for the House to do the same.”

Gregory T. Angelo, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, was unimpressed with the president’s speech, calling it “more of the same.” He, too, dinged the president’s speech for what it lacked.

“While the President’s calls for a more equal nation are welcome,” said Angelo, “there is a profound irony in the absence of any mention of [ENDA].”

LGBT activists have been, since the beginning of President Obama’s first term, pressuring the White House to issue an executive order barring sexual orientation discrimination by federal contractors. Others have urged him to speak out more forcefully for ENDA.

Coincidentally, the Movement Advancement Project, in releasing its biennial assessment of the LGBT civil rights movement Tuesday, noted that the “top 50 federal government contractors (81%) include sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination policies.”

Even the Human Rights Campaign, one of the LGBT community’s strongest supporters of President Obama, could not hide its disappointment.

“The President’s message tonight failed to address the needs of LGBT workers looking for a fair shake in this economy,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement issued after the address. “Not only was there no call for the House to pass a federal law to protect LGBT workers nationwide, President Obama also sidestepped his commitment to take action where Congress has left off, leaving out an order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors. Unfortunately, President Obama missed a real opportunity to use the State of the Union to improve the lives of LGBT people by taking immediate executive action to address anti-LGBT discrimination for the millions of Americans employed by federal contractors.”

As in past years, President Obama included an openly gay person among the special guests joining the First Lady in the House gallery during the State of the Union address. Tuesday night it was Jason Collins, the National Basketball Association player who, last year, became the first male player in a major American team sport to come out as gay.

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  1. Not everything he does is going to have to be or include Marriage Equality, to expect it makes us weak

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:22am
  2. You can’t please everyone. Know your enemy.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:22am
  3. He has left everyone disappointed about everything….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:22am
  4. Speak for yourself, not me.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:27am
  5. It’s not all about us. We are defined by more than our sexuality.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:23am
  6. Yes, we are more than that. And that's what I wish more gay people would see. But we have a lot of people who define themselves solely on that. Part of a whole is not what makes a person.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:30am
  7. well today I got in my gay car and I gay drove to the store to do some gay shopping. then I gay drove back home and gay washed my car, and gay fed the dogs. then I gay watched some tv and now I am gay posting here. So you are RIGHT! There is more to us than just being gay.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:04am
  8. sounds like you had a very gay day

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:07am
  9. Agreed

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:53am
  10. Have A Gay Day, Dieter.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:05pm
  11. He disappoints everyone. On a daily basis. What else is new?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:23am
  12. Speak for yourself.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:28am
  13. I wish he had said something but hes done alot for us. and I do not feel he has to say something about gay everytime. I think what hes done has set the wheels in motion that we get what we are wanting with the courts. Its not all about GAYS all the time :) Wish it was but its not.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:24am
  14. Benjamin Krishna

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:25am
  15. Wow.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:27am
  16. Wow.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:27am
  17. For God sake…so every thing has to do with gay rights or its a failure…I’m getting tired of the constant whining and I am gay…I can only imagine straight people smh.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:27am
  18. Give him a break, My GAWD! smh. You all aren’t ever happy!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:28am
  19. Oh, brother. I am gay and I LOVED the speech. Every waking moment doesn’t have to be about us.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:29am
  20. I’m not an apologist, but we can’t have everything all the time. Yes, we can be frustrated that Mr. Obama is a politician, but this man and his administration have done more for and by us than anyone in history. Ever.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:30am
  21. He had a lot to cover and a certain limit on time and as he was speaking the republicans were tweeting nasty, racist remarks. Boehner looked liked he had a stick up his ass the entire time and I’m sure he’d rather have root canal done without anesthesia .

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:30am
  22. Constant whining of gay people Maggie? We wouldn’t have to “whine” if we were being treated equal and not getting thrown in jail and murdered in other countries. Obama doesn’t need to say anything but he should have said something regarding mini Hitler in Russia lol. But w.e that won’t happen cause UN sucks some ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:31am
  23. I had to hop on the computer for this fuckery...Are you serious? Did you comment without fear of seeming ridiculous or dare I say...stupid? What is Barack Obama going to do about other Countries domestic policy in the US state of the Union address? You sir, are whining and you are playing a gay victim. The truth is in the US we are making strides toward LGBT equality. And you should familiarize yourself with some of the work his administration has done as well as the steps forward the gay community has achieved. The country has bigger problems. Yup, I said it. If youre not aware of that you should indeed take your head out of your ass.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:57am
  24. There are more important things to worry about right now like . .. actually getting people jobs … and why is it that if gays aren’t mentioned it’s the biggest boo wah party …. progress is happening just because it’s not happening as fast as you want don’t mean it isn’t gonna happen

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:31am
  25. This President’s support of the LGBT community is unprecedented! This country is not just about being gay but about being a society that is accepting of all. Some of this criticism is very one sided!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:31am
  26. Well, it's easy to be unprecedented when there is literally no precedent before you. :p

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:35am
  27. As opposed to being more difficult to be unprecedented because there has been precedent before you?

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:51am
  28. And they’re surprised? Obama only cares about us when needing our votes.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:32am
  29. especially the wage increase for the goverment employes fuck every one else, he has done nothing since he’s been in office, he promised to get us out of the whole where bush left it and he still hasn’t, next president same shit cause were so far down that the next president will be the same, so to the point,,,the nation has gone in a hole so that is were we are going to stay, good buy US, hello dry dirt

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:33am
  30. Obama DID include the ENDA as part of his agenda, just NOT in his speech! In a supplemental press release, Obama stated that “Today, federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on race, sex, religion, and disability. It’s time to add sexual orientation and gender identity to that list, so that no American worker can lose his or her job simply because of who they are or who they love! The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would provide strong federal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers.”

    I’m bisexual, and sometimes it seems like the LGBT community LOOKS for reasons to be “Disappointed” even when there is NO real reason to be!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:36am
  31. He promised to change marriage equality the first term .. I haven’t seen much change at all .. Just more and more court battles. I just hope sometime in my life we will be treated equal .. and they need to get on it .. I am not a spring chicken … :)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:37am
  32. Felix…that is the meaning of “unprecendented!” SMH!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:37am
  33. He has done more for us then anyone else has . Why must some go crying when we the gays are not brought up in any way ! There have been so many steps taken for future of equality that many of us should be happy to see in our life time . So many before us have passed that never even could imagine the gains that have been made .Those are also the ones that had started the foot work many years ago . Give the President rightful credit .

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:38am
  34. The government needs to keep out of our lives! Who we wanna marry, abortion ect! Its our choices! Not their decision!!!! FOR US!!!! Do we need the government choosing how we live our lives? NO! STAND UP PPL AND DEMAND TO BE HEARD!!! YOU DONT WANT SOMEONE TELLING YOU WHAT TO ORDER WHEN YOU GO OUT TO EAT!!! OR TELLING YOU WHAT TO BUY FOR YOUR FAMILY! SILENCE IS WHATS KILLING US!!! STAND UP! BE HEARD!!! MAKE YOUR VOICE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:42am
  35. Fighting discrimination takes time. It’s not just discrimination in law but in minds and hearts. The people need to change first to allow law to follow and be enforced. That comes with time. I believe in gay rights and I’m straight. I know it must be hard. I can’t imagine the pain but it’s gay rights is making progress in both law and hearts. Generations are becoming open and accepting. Don’t forget that, that too is a victory.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:43am
  36. He only does what is popular at the time not what is right

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:44am
  37. He has said everything he can on these matters. A Presidents power is very limited in what they can actually “do”. These matters are now in the hands of Congress (and, they barely function: so don’t expect much) and the Supreme Court. The President can get the ball rolling, and keep addressing these issues- which I feel he did a great job of. It wasn’t his best, but country hasn’t been it’s best lately, and I think he recognizes that and expressed his aspirations for the future eloquently!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:45am
  38. He is going to take on those issues, he wasn’t trying to give fire to the insane republicans to attack him. He implied he was going to use his powers to handle certain issues.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:46am
  39. Ummmm… I’m sorry, who exactly are these LGBT leaders we keep hearing about.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:46am
  40. He said he was trying to talk to each and ever state about marriage equality. What more could he do now. He can’t just bluntly say marriage equality is happening considering we are a country ran by vote. It has to be voted in like every other thing we are handed. With determination and courage one day marriage equality will be a reality. But we can’t make a huge riot just because he didn’t say it would happen right now. Sometimes you have to have faith!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:49am
  41. Wrong. He knows we already have publicity. He has so many other things to talk about. Yes I’m gay. I thought he gave us strength by not pulling us into the parade of political agenda.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:49am
  42. :( I’m not happy about this

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:56am
  43. Well said Maggie!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:02am
  44. He basickly saying if a gay killer has u u have no right to shoot back ill keep my gun on me as long as thies haters are alowed to walk free on the streets

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:05am
  45. It’s not just about marriage equality, it’s also about ENDA, hate crimes, and so much more.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:06am
  46. I dunno, if I was going to identify our top priorities as a nation, It would be more about economic justice, immigration, etc. We really sound like a whiny-ass constituency sometimes, ugh.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:08am
  47. Especially as I think our movement is doing so well and making so much progress - the train is roaring down the tracks for us - and for so many, aint no movement 'tall

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:09am
  48. Um news flash people, OBAMA IS A SHIT STAIN ON AMERICA’S TRUCK STOP BATHROOM WALL. HE IS A CHILD MURDERER HE IS A FUCKING LIAR AND HE HAS COMMITTED TREASON AGAINST THIS COUNTRY TIME AND TIME AGAIN. WAKE THE FUCK UP SHEEP!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:10am
  49. Whatever he included in within his speech, comes up short if he doesn’t put it into action.

    It cracks me up when people got excited about a black president. That he would be better, that issues would be dealt with. The statement itself is racist. You can be a self serving, corporate loving arsehole, it doesn’t really matter what your colour skin is.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:22am
  50. Dustin Duvall-Black. Looking at that language, it would safe to say that you’re a product of education in America.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:24am
  51. a nod to us is certainly better than the middle finger from past presidents.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:30am
  52. Everything he says and does leaves everyone disappointed. Starting to count down the days until he’s out of office.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:34am
  53. Ummmm. Shouldn’t we be glad we have a president who cares about us. I need a good paying job before a marriage license TBH

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:38am
  54. Overall equality is a pivotal issue and without a discussion..discrimination and inequality will exist for the LGBT community. gender orientation and race. Disappointed it would of been a good for civil rights and job creation.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:40am
  55. Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:41am
  56. I don’t think I have heard anyone happy with the State of the Union address.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:44am
  57. obamama yaa?????????

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:04am
  58. Sometimes, just sometimes, there are more important issues than us.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:12am
  59. What more do you want? At least we have a president who will even try to do anything about the situation. Be happy. He is pushing towards our goal! It’s legal in Oklahoma for goodness sake. He has brought us so far. And we are definitely not anywhere near hos only priority. Be thankful for what he does for us. Not hateful for what he didn’t say.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:24am
  60. First of all I’m a lesbian, and couldn’t care 2 shits about what his administration has done for the gay community!! What about his fucken health care bullshit & equal pay?? He hasn’t done a fucken thing good for NO ONE BUT HIMSELF!!! He jumpped on this gay bandwagon before his 2nd term just to get the gay vote. He hasn’t followed through with nothing else so why believe or even trust him now???

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:36am
  61. Soooo vote for Cruz in the next election! See where that gets you............

    Replied on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:38pm
  62. I am a Brit. I can’t comment on your political issues with Obama but looking from the outside in, your current president has done more for our cause on a world wide stage than any other American leader so far.
    He is a Politician, he is not an Angel. It seems to me reading some of these posts, that the Bush era that you guys (and us via Blair) voted in, has been forgotten. I don’t want to go go back to that era !

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:45am
  63. so??? no one cares! he already gave his support towards our community… he has bigger issues to address and that is jobs and unemployment! we should not wait for someone to fight our own fight!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:01am
  64. As much as we want Marriage Equality nationwide, we cannot afford to be single-issue voters, now more than ever.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:37am
  65. I would Like to Address all the Presidents State of The Union Complaints. Go Review all the Positive things that he has Done for our Community Ect. He is even in the Process of Creating the Fair pay Act to increase Equal Work Pay for Woman and Raise Minimum wages for all of us which is very Much Needed for the Lesbian Community as Well as Single Head of. Household straight Female Families to Generate More income without a Make Figure Head, give the President Time to put these policies into Action Before he Leaves office Mr President is not going to Abandoned our Community or his Promises that Put him into office if you proof Read the Bills and laws he has signed into action you Would Be a lot more comfortable with your choices to Vote for Mr President Obama This is a New Year we will see New Progress

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:42am
  66. His speech tonight was more about the economy and the future our country has with money and surviving, it can’t always be about what everyone wants being president is a huge job!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:46am
  67. I am not trying to be a cynic here but the article starts off with “most lgbtq leaders were disappointed with what he didn’t say” look, our rights as homosexuals and all of it IS important, but it wouldn’t benefit us nor America if we had no financial future to turns toward. THIS article is a perfect example of why people do NOT like the lgbtq community. We will never just calm a storm for a hot fucking second. We have come a long way in just a simple year, so lets count our victories and try to support economic recovery. Otherwise this websites stupid bitching would be for naught

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:49am
  68. Agree with Mike Kingsbury. “We” (LGBT) had such a banner year in 2013 that it is worthwhile to stop just long enough to express gratitude to our remarkable POTUS. Yes, there will always be more to do, additional hills to climb — but our pragmatically progressive president has accomplished more very publically for our collective civil rights movement as gay, lesbian, biaexual, and transgendered citizens than any president in my memory, which dates back to the Kennedy administration. I urge that we remember the way it has been in the past for our community — and celebrate the accomplishments of the past 5 years, before we lace up our marching shoes again. More extraordinary good will come from our president on these issues, but take a deep breath and express gratitude before new and indeed righteous battles are engaged! Thank you Mr. President — I wake this morning with a livelier spring to my step and wider smile on my face in recognition of the remarkable and artful manner in which you lead us in the weaving together the fabric of our society, often in the face of fairly significant and negative headwinds.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:37am
  69. Don’t feel bad made everyone america sad this was nothing more nothing less than a campaign speach for the democrats nothing he said is going to be carried out nothing is going to happen for any of us we need to create a new party and vote the republican and democratic parties out nothing in this speach is going to happen an when they held us hostage when they closed down we should recall this whole government

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:47am
  70. He is a fucking disappointment. …

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:05am
  71. As far as I am concern even if the job situation improved being a member of the trans community will not help us at all unless we have protections in place.
    I am not getting any younger and I am losing hope for a better time. Love to all.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:29am
  72. HE is a waste of time & space.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:41am
  73. people are obsessed with the issue

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:05pm
  74. OBSESSED GARRRRRR

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:05pm
  75. Coincidence one of the Duck Dynasty family members were invited to attend as a guest of Obamas?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:43pm
  76. Baby steps, Baby steps. We’ve come along way baby.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:01pm
  77. It can’t always be lgbtquai all the time there are other issues to get done and address that do effect us and everyone. I am gay out and proud but constituently complaining that he did not say this or thst makes us look like a. Butch of winers and we can effect change to we just have to continue to speak out society never fully changed just because this or that policy was implemented and suddenly people hadrights, no it changed because people decided enough is enough and spoke out to their elected officials friends and family and things did change for the better it just takes time.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:08pm
  78. It’s ok he left A TON of other people very disappointed! Actions speak louder then words Mr. President

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:14pm
  79. Amen Sister!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:20pm
  80. BE THANKFUL

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:42pm
  81. Stop bitching people! Obama has done more for the LGBT people than any other President!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:44pm
  82. I have a feeling that ENDA was not spoken about because it falls under another topic he spoke about with regard to the power he plans to use. Let’s see.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:53pm
  83. Everyone expects him to change things for the better. Well you are looking at the wrong man. This man stands for alot of things but in the end I promise you it wont be good.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:59pm
  84. Ever figure that he doesn’t really care for us but rather for a vote for his successor? That’s politics.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:27pm
  85. HE IS THE VERY GREAT OBAMA: he has saved the Gay Man in America from the Right Wing Christian Republican mentality…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:32pm
  86. If you don’t think President Obama has done enough for the Gay community, vote republican in the next election…… and watch all of the advances we’ve made go down the drain! SMDH…………..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:35pm
  87. What were you expecting?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:45pm
  88. No opinion on remarks of POTUS because I have ceased having any hopes or expectations.

    Republican response? Empty and kinda lame, honestly. And rolled my eyes when she made the remark about “not turning our backs on any American” because frankly that’s one of the very negative and unfortunate flaws and downfalls my party has built a reputation on- have experienced it first hand myself as a gay conservative, unfortunately. So that fib gets 4 Pinocchio’s fer shure.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:50pm
  89. WHY??? He helped get marriage equality. You young people are spoiled!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:51pm
  90. Can’t we be happy for what he’s done so far…. he runs a COUNTRY…. WE as a community shouldn’t feel the need to be catered to.There are so many other problems this ONE man has to fix without Conservatives (dem. Or rep.) Trying to chop him down…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:55pm
  91. He is on our side’

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:01pm
  92. Give him a break people. He has done more to help advance the GLBT cause than any other president. So stop bitching about what he did not say and applaud him for his actions for our community. I swear, some people are never happy with anything.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:04pm
  93. Obama is a President to be proud of ….. anyone in the LGBT community who expects him to continually talk about gay – gay – gay is just being stupid! He supports non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and he support marriage equality and he works to promote both …. that is enough!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:23pm
  94. It can’t all be about the gays.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:25pm