Obama to be remembered for same-sex marriage stand

Obama to be remembered for same-sex marriage stand

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President Obama's support of same-sex marriage is still generating support and controversy.

Newsweek just released a cover featuring Obama as quote "The First Gay President." He is pictured with a glowing rainbow halo over his head.

Historians say this is how Obama will be remembered. From now, on those in the gay and lesbian community will be a little less stigmatized then they were before he took office.

The words uttered one week ago are now the slogan on President Obama's campaign website, "Same-sex couples should be able to get married."

Each visitor is asked to stand up with the president. His supporters in the LGBT community are more than happy to do so.

"I was going to vote for him regardless. After this I actually sent him money. You've always had my support, now you can have my cash," said Ladi Loera.

"We all deserve these rights equally and this is the time to stop playing games and get serious," said Bart Loeser.

Some are comparing Obama's actions to Lyndon Johnson's 1964 Civil Rights Act, ending segregation in public places.

"One big similarity is that Obama is using the presidency to try to open more space in society for groups that have traditionally suffered from discrimination. He's trying to give them more of an equal stake in American society. That was LBJ's mission as president as well," said UT Professor Jeremi Suri, Ph.D.

The difference, UT Professor Jeremi Suri, Ph.D. says is what L.B.J. did in the 60s was an act of law that put federal force behind anti-discrimination measures. Obama cannot change state law.

"Some might see regression on this issue. Some may see progress. But my bet is in 15 to 20 years all states will recognize gay marriage," Suri said.

With much work yet to be done, LGBT supports are celebrating.

"This is a victory for the community. It's a victory for all of us. It's one step closer to Martin Luther King's arc of justice," said Jimmy Flannigan.

"He's come out in support of our community like no president has ever done," Flannigan said of Obama. "That cannot be understated. Whether you want to call him the gay president like you called Clinton the black president it doesn't mean anything. All that matters is getting politicians in office that support our community."
 

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