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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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VIDEO: Obama signs executive orders granting LGBT workplace protections

| Monday, July 21, 2014
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to LGBT workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” The signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House followed brief remarks by the President.

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Obama grants workplace protections to LGBT workers of federal contractors

| Monday, July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Obama’s executive orders signed Monday prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause." "America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people...

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Obama to sign LGBT anti-discrimination orders without new religious exemption

| Friday, July 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama's action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling ...

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Civil rights groups, lawmakers step up pressure on Obama over executive order

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Dozens of civil rights organizations and a group of Democratic lawmakers have signed letters this week asking President Barack Obama not to exempt “religiously affiliated contractors” from a planned executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors. The letters come as the debate over religious liberty intensifies in the wake of a recent ...

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Obama faces pressure over religious exemption in anti-bias order

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring. Many religious leaders and conservative groups want him to exempt religious organizations from the order...

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Obama announces expanded safeguards for transgender workers

| Monday, June 30, 2014
President Barack Obama, left, with first lady Michelle Obama, speaks during a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- The White House is preparing an executive order offering transgender federal workers formal protection from discrimination at work, President Barack Obama announced Monday at a White House reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month. At least two other measures already prevent the federal government from firing people for being transgender ...

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U.S. Attorney would be first openly gay federal judge in Texas

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Robert Pitman
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. Pitman, who is openly gay, made history in 2011 when he became the first openly gay U.S. attorney in Texas. His confirmation to the court would be another historic event...

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Biden: Protecting LGBT rights must trump national cultures, social traditions

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Joe Biden
WASHINGTON -- Seeking to mobilize a global front against anti-gay violence and discrimination, Vice President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions. Biden told a gathering of U.S. and international gay rights advocates that ...

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Rice: LGBT rights among the most challenging global human rights issues

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Susan Rice
WASHINGTON -- With anti-gay laws taking root in nearly 80 countries, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday cast the protection of gays from global discrimination, abuse and even death as one of the most challenging international human rights issue facing the United States. Rice told a White House forum of gay rights advocates...

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Without fanfare, Obama Administration advances transgender rights

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraiser gala in Gotham Hall in New York on June 17, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans. With little of the fanfare or criticism that marked his evolution...

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