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Advocates seething over Obama’s inaction on LGBT workplace protections

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Carolyn Kaster, APPresident Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account after speaking at the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in West Mifflin, Pa., about retirement policies he highlighted in the State of the Union address.
WASHINGTON — For some White House allies, the long list of executive actions President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address was marred by a few glaring omissions. Gay rights advocates are seething over Obama’s refusal to grant employment discrimination protections to gays and lesbians working for [...]

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Obama’s State of the Union address leaves many LGBT leaders disappointed

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington./
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama spoke of a nation working on issues such as marriage equality and earning the respect of other nations “because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual [...]

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State of the Union: Obama vows to flex presidential powers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington.
WASHINGTON — Vowing to act “whenever and wherever” he can, President Barack Obama unveiled an array of executive actions in his State of the Union address Tuesday night aimed at bolstering economic security for millions of Americans. His directives, mostly modest in scope, include increasing wages for some new workers [...]

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State of the Transgender Union: Time for collective action toward racial justice

Monday, January 27, 2014
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In this year’s State of the Union Address to Congress, President Obama is expected to acknowledge and focus on the inequality that is seemingly growing once again in the United States. As the President has been thinking about inequality among the 300 million people who live in the U.S., I [...]

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Jason Collins, Boston bomb survivors among guests at State of the Union

Monday, January 27, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins will be among the guests to sit with first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. [...]

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State of the Union: Mixed reviews for Obama on LGBT issues

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.Photo: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press/Pool
WASHINGTON -- President Obama continued his trend of including references to LGBT people in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. [...]

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Obama delivers ‘State of the Union’ — ‘An America Built to Last’

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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While there was only one direct reference to anything gay in President Obama’s third State of the Union address, the speech and a large number of White House activities surrounding it was inclusive of gays. [...]

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Two openly lesbian guests to join First Lady at ‘State of the Union’ adress

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Colonel Ginger Wallace, an openly lesbian intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, will be one of two openly gay people in the First Lady’s gallery seats tonight, when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address for 2012. The second openly gay guest is Lorelei Kilker, an environmental [...]

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Will Obama endorse marriage equality in ‘State of the Union’ address?

Saturday, January 21, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Friday he wouldn’t rule “in or out” the possibility of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage in the upcoming State of the Union address. [...]

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Obama promises gays in the military ‘this year’ in ‘State of the Union’ address

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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President Obama once again brought up the issue of gays in the military during his annual State of the Union address. Last year, he called for repeal of the federal law barring openly gay people from serving. This year, just a month after having signed a bill to repeal that [...]

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