He also says that he supports affirmative action for gays and lesbians. Ina copy of his typed responses was unearthed and printed in the Windy City Times. Later, Obama aides will dispute that he actually filled out the questionnaire himself.
Scott Horsley. It's become an annual event, tied to the monthlong commemoration of the Stonewall riots, which helped launch the modern gay liberation movement. President Obama's years in office have seen a flowering of gay and lesbian rights, culminating a year ago when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Obama himself was frustrated about it, if a description in a new book by his former top adviser, David Axelrodis to be believed. Obama may have been selling himself short on that score, given the number of times he or his advisers publicly opposed same-sex marriage over the years. In the book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Axelrod blames himself, and his political calculations, for preventing Obama for standing up for what he believed in.
Jump to main content. Jump to navigation. From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans — no matter who they are or who they love. And the progress the Administration has made mirrors the changing views of the American people, who recognize that fairness and justice demand equality for all, including LGBT Americans.
By presidential fund-raising standards, the dinner at the St. Regis hotel in Washington in April was an intimate one. President Obama made the rounds, moving among the dozens of people in attendance, including Chad Griffin, a year-old political operative known for his ability to raise money in Hollywood and for his work on trying to legalize same-sex marriage.
Indeed, we gay folks had gotten used to grousing about the President. We noticed the way he dragged his feet after promising to repeal the ban on military service; we felt betrayed when his Justice Department insisted, as George W. To gay Americans, this did not look like the fierce urgency of now.
Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times -- a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American. Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens.
The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times," he said Friday. In a highly contemplative speech — much of which continued long after his prepared remarks had ended — Obama also called on supporters of gay marriage to respect the views of people who differ and "renew our deep commitment to religious freedom. Obama said the ruling was the "consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who talked to parents — parents who loved their children no matter what.