President Obama Talks About Gay Marriage on “The View”

President Obama appeared on The View yesterday and spoke about gay marriage.

“This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign because you’ve got Governor [Mitt] Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can’t have same-sex marriages,” Obama said, during “The View” appearance.

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Obama Announces Support of Gay Marriage

In a sit-down interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts today, President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage.  He is the first sitting president to have done so.

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Roberts, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday.

Excerpts of the interview will air Wednesday night on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Watch the video here.  (You must endure a brief advertisement prior to the start of the video, sorry).

For more, read Obama Backs Gay Marriage  [Huffington Post]

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President Obama Signed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) Repeal

As promised, President Obama signed the DADT repeal today. Obama said:

“No longer will our country be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans who were forced to leave the military … because they happen to be gay. No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love.”

Watch the video of President Obama’s speech and the signing of the law on ABC News here.

Updates:

Read: The Many Lessons of DADT Repeal [Huffington Post by Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign].

Watch “The View” as they discuss the Senate’s vote to repeal DADT aired 12/20/10. [The Washington Post]

Read: Dan Choi gets to DADT signing, and gets his West Point ring back

Visit the White House Blog to read Repealing DADT: “History Making”

 

 

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A Round-Up of Gay and Lesbian News

There seems to be a lot going on in the gay and lesbian world these days so I’m going to post a round-up of news items that may be of interest to you.

Gay marriage haters hated the new [Committee on Standards of Official Conduct] rules because they viewed it as Congress’ backdoor attempt to recognize same-sex marriages. And gay marriage lovers also hated the new rules, because they required the gays to make federal disclosures when the federal government doesn’t even recognize them as married …” — Queerty

“Due to the inability of activists to gain enough signatures, the vote to repeal Proposition 8, an amendment which restricted constitutional marriage to opposite-sex couples, will remain off the ballot in November.” — The Santa Clara

Travel buffs may be interested to know that Nepal’s new government wants to become Asia’s biggest gay tourism destination! — World Hum

Utah is now the only state that prohibits adoption by a ‘cohabitating’ couple. — Q Salt Lake

“Texas attorney general Greg Abbott is fighting to prevent the legal recognition of same-sex divorce, out of concern that doing so would undermine the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages, even those legal in other states.” — The Raw Story

“Under [Ontario's] new curriculum, gender identity and sexual orientation will be taught in grade 3, in a section that also includes lessons on healthy eating and personal safety.” — Ottawa Citizen

For those interested in supporting gay marriage in Australia, there’s a new Facebook page. — Gay Marriage Word

Six Service Members Handcuffed Themselves to White House Fence in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Protest on Tuesday. — Towleroad

The president of Bolivia has said that eating chicken turns men gay. “The chicken we eat is loaded with female hormones. So, when men eat it, they tend to deviate from their manhood,” he says — Pink News

“The Vatican’s second-highest authority says the sex scandals haunting the Roman Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality and not celibacy among priests.” — Yahoo News

The famous “Archie” comic strip now has an openly gay character. — Wicked Gay Blog

“Gay couples in state-sanctioned domestic partnerships, civil unions or same-sex marriages often pay higher taxes because they do not get the federal tax benefits that go with marriage.” Gay Executive

President Obama’s memorandum on hospital visitation rights for gay and lesbian couples was not an executive order. — United We Stand