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Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II (b. August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, and was a U.S. Senator from Illinois from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008. He assumed the Presidency on January 20, 2009, and was elected to a second term on November 6, 2012. [ Website ] [ Wikipedia ]

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State of the Union: Obama says fight for marriage equality is ‘a story of freedom’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
Just months before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider the issue of nationwide marriage equality, President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised the issue as “a story of freedom across our country” and “a civil right.” [...]

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Labor Department announces final rule for LGBT workplace executive order

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the final rule for prohibiting discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors. [...]

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White House commemorates World AIDS Day with Presidential Proclamation

Sunday, November 30, 2014
President Barack Obama on Friday issued the following Presidential Proclamation in advance of World AIDS Day on Monday, an annual observance to raise awareness and commemorate those who have lost their lives to one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. [...]

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Man accused of threatening Obama over gay marriage support ruled incompetent

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Deryke Matthew Pfeifer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama man is mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of threatening President Barack Obama's life, and prison officials should determine whether he was also incapacitated at the time of the alleged offense, a federal judge ruled. [...]

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LGBT advocacy groups give Obama’s immigration order a lukewarm reception

Friday, November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday that he is issuing an executive order to take action on immigration, including temporarily protecting about 5 million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, was met with a lukewarm reception from LGBT rights groups. [...]

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Obama: ‘Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage’

Monday, October 20, 2014
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency. Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his [...]

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Clinton adviser: LGBT rights a defining achievement of Obama’s presidency

Monday, September 15, 2014
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Human Rights Campaign event in 2011.
While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances on the issue that once seemed quixotic — the legalization of same-sex marriage. Marriage equality was not a cause was embraced by Obama until late in his first term, yet he is now [...]

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Former PlanetOut CEO, Google exec to be U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Megan Smith
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has named Megan Smith, a Google executive and former CEO of the online LGBT community site PlanetOut, as chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Smith, who is openly gay, will “lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, [...]

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Obama opens international Gay Games with surprise video message

Sunday, August 10, 2014
CLEVELAND -- President Barack Obama has helped kick off the international Gay Games in Cleveland with a surprise video message shown at the opening ceremonies. Obama welcomed athletes, coaches, families and spectators from around the world to Ohio and the United States as the event began Saturday night. The president [...]

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Activists urge Obama to include LGBT rights on Africa summit agenda

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders. The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights [...]

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