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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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Supreme Court decisions highlight political challenges facing GOP

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Jeb Bush
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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Heckler interrupts Obama at Pride reception to protest deportation of LGBT immigrants

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Barack Obama react after a heckler was removed from the East Room of the White House during remarks at a reception to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Washington.
President Barack Obama took on a heckler head-on at an LGBT pride month reception at the White House Wednesday, scolding the protester for being disrespectful in "my house." ...

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Obama issues Presidential Proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month

Friday, May 29, 2015
"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...." ...

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Obamas commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Sunday, May 17, 2015
"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 ...

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Obama calls for end to discriminatory parenting laws

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Barack Obama
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
Barack Obama
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
"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
Barack Obama
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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