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Obama Makes Gays 'Feel More Fully American'


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Obama, 2nd Inaugural address, gay rights, good news, americans, government )

Carrie
- 575 days ago - washingtonpost.com
At no point was President Obama's refrain of "We the people" in his second inaugural more powerful than when he invoked it to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.



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Angelika R. (146)
Monday January 21, 2013, 7:54 pm
Absolutely so, it was an unprecedented groundbreaking speech, in this and other regards as well!
I was simply enthusiastic.
A journalist for The Atlantic wrote "There was a time when merely stating the ideas Obama put forth would have gotten you killed."
Thx Carrie.
 

AniMae Chi (399)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:00 pm
Wonderful man.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:41 pm
good post Carrie cheers
 

Jae A. (323)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:29 pm
A standing ovation from Mac and I Mr. President !!!!

Thank you for sharing Carrie.

 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:51 am
ty
 

Chris C. (147)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:17 am
My buttons were bursting with pride for my President! I think he will be alot tougher in the next 4 years...and I couldn't be happier about it!
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:19 am
I love the president and my gay friends but I don't feel American I feel human.
 

Thomas P. (468)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:31 am
Noted...thanks Carrie. I still haven't listened to the speech, but I'll read it tonight. Thanks for making this available.
 

Mike S. (86)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:35 am
Thanks Carrie. It is good to see that "All people are created equal" (my take) is finally being made a priority issue!
You know the Right will scream "persecution" while they continue to do exactly that to all who are not WASP. Hopefully the erosion of women's rights will be addressed next...
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:44 am
Perhaps MLK's vision of equality, social and economic justice may feel reachable within our lifetimes.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:48 am
Yesterday was one of those days that would have made our Founding Fathers very proud.
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:27 pm
I could not be more pleased.
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:39 pm
It is my belief that we are seeing, in Pres. Obama , one of the most marvelous presidents in history!
And, given the stonewalling, and agenda of the GOP, it is a very good thing he is here now.
 

Roger M. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:46 pm
How many previous Presidents would have included gay people in that way? It's progress.
 

Judy B. (58)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:22 pm
Finally, a president I feel truly proud of.
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:28 pm
wonderful!!! great speech, great man!!
 

Barbara D. (96)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:46 pm
I'm tremendously proud of President Obama and doubly glad I voted for him twice! Following in the footsteps of MLK in the fight for ALL American's rights!
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:55 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. So glad to hear those words of inclusiveness.
 

Yvonne White (231)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:55 pm
Finally! He sounded damn-near Liberal!!!!!:)
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 2:58 pm
How can Obama approach to the Illinois legislation asking them to approve a gay rights bill - full knowing they would not "make gays feel more fully American"?
Unless this President is prepared to draft gay rights legislation across America, support it, defend it, fight for it, chalk it up to another failure. Pathetically, Obama uses Kind as an example. MLK, Lyndon Johnson, would view Obama as a failure - all words , and nothing else.
 

Diane O. (149)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:20 pm
All that comes to mind to me soon after Obama took office early in 2009 when asked....he said...."I BELIEVE MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN." And he was bold and in your face with that statement.

Then, ooops, he noticed he was not feeling the love from the gay community and very soon thereafter he once again stood boldly before the American people and stated, "I believe in marriage for gays." Huh?

It can difficult to keep up with Obama and how he really feels.....flip flop....flip flop. Obama has no shame...he'll chase the voters and change his spots whatever he needs to do to get "the votes." I'm not gay but if I were a lesbian woman, I would question Obama's motives. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him across a room. He's a chameleon. He's very good at that. Obama gets "high" on the sound of his own voice. He believes he's the smartest man in every room he enters.

This isn't about making gays/lesbians feeling "more American." That's a bunch of crap. Obama will turn on a dime between now and 2014 if he feels like his support of the gay and lesbian community are hurting the democrats in the polls.

Know who Obama is......you really should take the time to read his book "Dreams From My Father." Obama shunned his own mother because she was white while he was feeling "black." Read the book, liberals. Get to know the real Obama.
 

Natalie V. (27)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:34 pm
noted, thanks
 

John B. (215)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:57 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Jonathan Capehart. I have never felt more proud to be a member of the LBGTQ community than when I heard those words spoken. As an older LBGTQ person I have been disappointed by defeats and heartened by the victories our community has seen since the Stone Wall riots but, I never lost hope. Listening to the President of the United States utter those inspiring words was so much more than I ever expected to hear in my lifetime. Read and very proudly noted.
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:36 pm
thank you
 

Anne P. (245)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:45 pm
Tickled pink and doing a happy dance! Love the Obamas and Bidens! Can't wait to see what this administration accomplishes the next four years. O has already done SO much more than I ever imagined, even with constant GOP oppression. Amazing!!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:55 pm
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 5:38 pm
Thank you Carrie!
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 6:11 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Laura H. (880)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 8:56 pm
The President has had his own personal journey as far as this issue is concerned; anyone paying ANY attention could NEVER accuse him of being a 'flip-flopper'!
Except those who are paid to make stupid comments!.


The speech made me cry..."WE THE PEOPLE" indeed!!!
 

Esther Z. (101)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:08 pm
I must say, when I heard President Obama mention "Stonewall", and the words "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.", I got a lump in my throat, my heart swelled, and I was this close to crying. It was historical, unprecedented, and a much needed recognition of Gay America's struggle for civil rights!
For anyone to say President Obama is flip flopping and just chasing the gay vote, uh, the election is OVER! Haven't you heard? President Obama won, and Liberalism is here to stay!
 

Susan Brandon (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:41 pm
President Obama is a good, sincere man who wants every American to know true freedom and happiness.
 

Diane O. (149)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:14 am
You can say what you want about Obama but be sure to include that he is an idealogue pushing his OWN agenda. Obama is an actor.

If Obama truly cared about the American people he would've turned immediately in 2009 to our small businesses to turn the economy around. He wasn't interested in doing that.

Obama has flip flopped on gay marriages....in his own words. This hasn't been a "journey" for Obama it's about losing the gay/lesbian votes.
 

John Gregoire (254)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:33 am
Geez Diane, I'm also very guilty of "flip-flopping" by the standard you use. For me, as one who was abused by a gay person in my youth, the case was closed and the verdict was hang them all. Since then I've met and learned more and, Like the President, have decided we need to be a more inclusive society. For me that was one hell of a big step forward and if you want to call it flip-flopping then so be it.
 

Larry Gold (9)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:06 am
Diane, everywhere I go on this site I seem to run into your negativity. No one cares what you and the other Obama haters think. Accusations are just that, accusations ... anyone can say ANYTHING ... wheres the proof?? I have yet to see one SHRED of proof from any of you blow hards. Is it any surprise that you and your ilk have become nothing more than a JOKE? No, its not. Enough with all the cryng wolf! We all know empty vessels make the loudest noises and so far that is ALL you lot have managed to do, make noise. If youre not part of the solution, youre part of the problem... a wise man once said and he was CORRECT. Try taking the high road once, you might find you like the scenery....... Peace.
 

Diane O. (149)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:34 am
Kimberly, you have your freedom of speech and I have mine. I have never supported Barack Hussein Obama because of his political agenda. If you don't like reading opposing views then scroll over my comments.

John, you understood the point I was making. He stood before the American people and stated "I believe marriage is between one man and one woman." Period. So, why did he say it?

 

Carrie B. (309)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:02 pm
Diane, I a, assuming by the comments you make about Obama that you voted for Romney. Would you care to count the number of times he changed his position Romney The Serial Flip Flopper
 

Laura H. (880)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 1:23 pm
Carrie-SPOT ON...sorry that I cannot send you a green star!!
 

Diane O. (149)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:17 pm
Mitt Romney has also flip flopped. I am a truth seeker, Carrie, and it I am to answer a question honestly I will. My point was that Obama is also a flip flopper on certain issues.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:23 pm
There is a difference between being a flip flopper on every issue and being open to change. There are many who believe that marriage has always been accepted as an institution exclusively for heterosexuals, but also believe that not everyone feels the same way and that the rights and beliefs of those in the LGBT community should be respected and accepted. That's not flip flopping ~ that's being inclusive.
 

Diane O. (149)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:26 pm
Carrie, Obama's "change" is radical. It takes our country to a pure nanny state...think Greece. We shall see how the American people accept Obama in 2014. I love this election. The American people in 2010 in a tsunami vote took the democrats OUT. Let us see what they do in 2014.
 

Diane O. (149)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:32 pm
What our country is missing is a "leader." Obama leads from behind. This is pure Obama.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:35 pm
We have a leader in President Obama. No more followers like Bush are needed.
 

Diane O. (149)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:38 pm
No, Carrie, we do not have a leader. We have a president when a senator who voted "present" over 100 times so as not to leave a voting trail. That's not a leader, my dear.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:33 pm
Although I hate to interrupt your little tęte a tęte there, but I had to post this:
Rep. Jason Lankford (R-OK)-Republican House Leader Vows To Use ‘Power Of Humiliation’ To Undermine LGBT Program-http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/01/23/1484101/james-lankford-humiliate-lgbt/
There yu have the rethugs' response..
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:38 pm
..the nasty-to-the-bone folks that some members here seem to adore-what a shame
 

Carrie B. (309)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:40 pm
Thank you Angelika ~ the interruption is more than appreciated! The article in Think Progress says it all! Jerks!
 

Deanna Zimmerman (74)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:37 pm
OMFG Diane O. You are such a liar. Obama not only said, in 2009, that marriage is between a man and a woman, he ALSO said that his feelings and beliefs on the issue were EVOLVING.

THEN, fought to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

THEN, he REFUSED to support DOMA.

THEN, he said that gays should be allowed to marry.

THEN, he gave his 2nd inaugural speech.

Obama didn't flip-flop; he EVOLVED.

And you are a broken record.
 

Mike S. (86)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 7:28 pm
Diane, I would like to thank you for helping me do something I truly enjoy...sending people green stars for excellent rebuttals of empty right wing rhetoric! I'm gonna miss your party when it finally implodes...
 
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