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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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Obama calls for end to conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy. [...]

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Obama invokes gay rights struggle in marking Selma civil rights milestone

Sunday, March 8, 2015
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"We’re the gay Americans whose blood ran in the streets of San Francisco and New York, just as blood ran down this bridge." [...]

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Obama Administration backs nationwide marriage equality in Supreme Court brief

Friday, March 6, 2015
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The Obama Administration has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the high court to strike down same-sex marriage bans across the nation. [...]

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Obama disputes aide David Axelrod’s take on same-sex marriage views

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Barack Obama is disputing a longtime aide's view that the president feigned opposition to same-sex marriage, compromising his true beliefs out of concern it could hurt him with voters. [...]

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Longtime aide says Obama supported marriage equality long before he ‘evolved’

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
President Barack Obama tells ABC News' Robin Roberts that he supports same-sex marriage, on May 9, 2012.
President Barack Obama feigned opposition to gay marriage for most of his political career, compromising his true beliefs out of concern it could hurt him with voters, Obama's longtime political adviser David Axelrod disclosed in a new book. [...]

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Obama’s budget proposal grants spousal benefits to married, same-sex couples

Monday, February 2, 2015
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President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion budget proposal released Monday includes a major change to the Social Security Act that would allow same-sex couples to receive spousal benefits regardless of where they live. [...]

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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
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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
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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
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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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