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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 issues Presidential Proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month

Friday, May 29, 2015
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"All people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation..." [...]

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Obamas commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Sunday, May 17, 2015
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"We take this opportunity to reaffirm that LGBT rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love." [...]

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Obama calls for end to discriminatory parenting laws

Saturday, May 2, 2015
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When President Obama declared May National Foster Care Month, he used words never before included in a White House proclamation about adoption. [...]

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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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