Obama helped lift the ban on LGBTQ people serving openly in the military, granted federal contractors protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and put a historic number of LGBTQ people in high-ranking positions. And on his watch, marriage equality became the law of the land. Obama first made a public statement in favor of marriage equality on May 9, While he lagged behind many other Democratic politicians in announcing his support, it was still monumental: He was the first sitting president to embrace equality.
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Two considerations persuaded me to pursue the issue. One was the no-holds-barred media treatment of the sex life, real and imagined, of Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh. The second was the fact that despite Obama's early feint to the center, his presidency was something of a golden age for gay America. A May Newsweek cover story, in fact, dubbed Obama " the first gay president. Obama faced rumors that he himself was gay.
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Kenyan politicians and church leaders have praised President Uhuru Kenyatta's dismissal of gay rights as a "non-issue" during President Barack Obama's recent state visit to the country, local media report. Obama arrived in Kenya for a two-day visit on Friday, his first visit to his father's homeland as president, before heading to Ethiopia on Sunday for a one-day visit. During a joint press conference with Kenyatta on Saturday, Obama said the country should not discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation. Kenyatta responded during the same press conference, saying that despite the U.
When President Barack Obama launched his campaign for an open U. Senate seat in late , his wife Michelle enlisted the help of a longtime friend, Kevin Thompson. Michelle had gotten to know Thompson back in the early s, when she was still Michelle Robinson and the pair worked in the policy shop of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Over the years, the two had stayed close, working together again at the University of Chicago Hospitals and swapping home improvement ideas over meals. Obama, who was then a state senator, would be facing off in the Democratic primary against businessman Blair Hull and State Comptroller Dan Hynes.