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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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New plan targets health care bias against transgender people

Thursday, September 3, 2015
The long-delayed rule amounts to a manual for carrying out the anti-discrimination section of President Barack Obama's health care law.
The protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services. ...

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US, Chile put spotlight on extremist attacks on LGBT people

Thursday, August 13, 2015
The two ambassadors said the objective of the meeting is to hear first-hand details of attacks against LGBT people.
At least 76 countries retain laws used to harass people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. ...

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WATCH: Obama announces new national HIV/AIDS Strategy through 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2015
“We’ve come a long way against AIDS and we can’t stop now,” President Barack Obama said.
The 2020 strategy calls for widespread testing, guaranteed access to regular doctor appointments, and making sure every American can get access to life-extending care. ...

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Ethiopia leaders oppose Obama’s stance on gay rights

Sunday, July 26, 2015
An Ethiopia national flag, left, is seen next to a U.S. flag, center, in a busy street ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
"Oppose the president if he raises the gay issue here," said the Ethiopian Orthodox Church-linked Weyiniye Teklehaimanot Association. ...

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Kenyan President sidesteps gay rights discussion, says they’re a “nonissue”

Saturday, July 25, 2015
President Barack Obama, right, arrives with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for a bilateral meeting at State House in Nairobi, Kenya.
Gay sex is a crime in Kenya punishable by up to 14 years in prison. ...

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On eve of visit, Obama voices support for Africa LGBT rights

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Workers finish installing a large billboard showing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, and President Barack Obama, right, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. AP Photo/Ben Curtis
Many Kenyan politicians have warned Obama that any overtures on gay rights would not be welcomed in Kenya. ...

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Kenya’s anti-gay protest featuring 5,000 nude volunteers is cancelled

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto condemns Obama’s “aggressive support” for gay rights.
Republican Liberty Party leader Vincent Kidala says he “was forced to cancel it in a 2 a.m. phone call.” ...

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Supreme Court decisions highlight political challenges facing GOP

Sunday, June 28, 2015
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For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform. Yet the response to Friday's same-sex marriage ruling was mild in comparison with the outrage that followed the court's decision Thursday ...

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For Obama and Clinton, it’s been a long journey to ‘yes’ on marriage equality

Saturday, June 27, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington  on June 26, 2015, after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the US. When Obama praised the Supreme Court’s watershed same-sex marriage ruling, he held it up as evidence that a "shift in hearts and minds is possible." Obama may well have been describing his own public trajectory on gay unions _ a complicated path that took him through opposition and ambivalence to enthusiastic embrace.
"It has been an evolutionary process," said Fred Sainz of the HRC. But he said Obama now stands as one of the great champions of gay rights, up there with the likes of Harvey Milk. As for Clinton, he said, ...

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Obama lauds high court ruling on same-sex marriage, calls to congratulate lead plaintiff

Friday, June 26, 2015
President Barack Obama is seen talking on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2015, before speaking in the Rose Garden after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the US. Obama placed a congratulatory phone call to James Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court fight, which he took amid a throng of reporters outside the courthouse.
President Barack Obama, who himself has acknowledged an evolution over gay rights, said Friday that the Supreme Court's ruling giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide represents a day when justice "arrives like a thunderbolt." ...

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