Obama remembers college professor at White House LGBT Pride event
June 30th, 2014
09:18 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama remembers college professor at White House LGBT Pride event

White House (CNN) - President Obama thanked his gay college professor Monday for being an influence on shaping his thoughts about gay rights issues.

During remarks to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, the President lauded his freshman year professor, Dr. Lawrence Goldyn.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama
Susan Rice challenges LGBT community to amplify message that ‘gay rights are straight up human rights’
June 24th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
1 month ago

Susan Rice challenges LGBT community to amplify message that ‘gay rights are straight up human rights’

Washington (CNN) - White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice told LGBT activists on Tuesday that protecting and upholding human rights for all is "fundamental to our American character" and "essential to our American story."

She said President Barack Obama is committed to protecting the rights of gay and transgender couples, comparing their fight for equal rights to the struggle African Americans faced during the civil rights movement.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • Susan Rice • Washington
White House nears completion of effort to implement DOMA ruling
June 20th, 2014
12:00 AM ET
1 month ago

White House nears completion of effort to implement DOMA ruling

Washington (CNN) – Following last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the ban on federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, the White House is announcing Friday that more benefits will be extended to those couples, no matter where they live.

Included in those benefits will be the ability to take time off to care for a same-sex spouse without the risk of being fired.

A White House official said Friday the Department of Labor was beginning a process to extend those benefits, which are laid out in the Family and Medical Leave Act, to married same-sex couples. The rules would extend nationwide, even in states that don't recognize such marriages.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • White House
June 18th, 2014
08:13 PM ET
1 month ago

Perry sticks by alcoholism and homosexuality comparison

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood by his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Appearing on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday, Perry was asked by co-host Stephanie Cutter whether he believes homosexuality is a disease.

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Filed under: 2016 • Gay rights • Rick Perry
Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation
June 16th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will sign an order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees "on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that specifics "are still being finalized," but the order would "build upon existing protections" around race, ethnicity and religion for those employed by entities doing business for the government.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • White House
May 11th, 2014
01:46 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama congratulates Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted by NFL

(CNN) – President Barack Obama congratulated Michael Sam on Saturday for being the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League draft, the White House said in a statement.

"From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are," Obama said. He also congratulated the NFL and the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted Sam.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama
Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
08:46 AM ET
4 months ago

Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine

(CNN) – Russia’s “gay propaganda” law that makes it illegal to tell children about gay rights is linked to the nation’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday night.

Speaking at a gala in Los Angeles for the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, Biden suggested countries that don’t respect the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people also disregard borders.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Ukraine • Vice President Biden
February 26th, 2014
10:17 PM ET
5 months ago

Clinton lauds Arizona veto in speech targeting young voters

(CNN) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t wait long to applaud the veto of an Arizona law that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

In the first minutes of a speech at the University of Miami Wednesday night, Clinton lauded the fact that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer - a Republican - vetoed the legislation that supporters said protected religious liberty.

“Thankfully the governor of Arizona has vetoed the discriminatory legislation that was passed, recognizing that inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about,” Clinton said to the 6,000 people who assembled at the south Florida institution.
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Filed under: 2016 • Arizona • Gay rights • Hillary Clinton • Jan Brewer
February 25th, 2014
01:42 PM ET
5 months ago

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto 'religious freedom' bill

(CNN) – All signs indicate Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will likely veto politically-charged legislation that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents contend discriminates against gays and lesbians.

Brewer did not signal her intention either way in an exclusive interview with CNN on Monday at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gay rights • Jan Brewer
February 24th, 2014
09:33 PM ET
5 months ago

Gov. Jan Brewer to CNN: 'I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona'

Washington (CNN)- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer tells CNN she will make her decision in the “near future” about whether to sign or veto a bill that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents call discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

“I can assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona,” Brewer told CNN in an exclusive interview at the site of the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gay rights • Jan Brewer
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