June 30th, 2009
09:04 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama holds gay pride reception, vows to overturn 'unjust laws'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama honored Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month with a White House reception Monday where he likened the struggle for gay rights with the struggle of African-Americans for civil rights.

With first lady Michelle Obama at his side, the president told the cheering crowd filling the East Room that his administration would work to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military.

"I know that many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough, and I understand that," Obama said. "It's not for me to tell you to be patient any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African-Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half-century ago."

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  1. Wyatt

    So the Pretender and chief snubbed the National Day of Prayer, but honors these deviates? Makes one wonder about all this alleged Christian faith stuff he espouses. Well at least they have a legit birth certificate right?

    June 30, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Pat F

    What a scream (no pun intended)!

    Obama keeps these suckers (again, no pun intended) writing checks with hi promises, then turns his back on them when it matters.

    Take a lesson, kool-aid drinkers. He'd throw anyone under a bus for a vote or a buck!

    June 30, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. mikiejoe

    This is sinful...the President of the US using tax dollars to host a bunch of gays at the White House. He is obvioulsy NOT a Christian. He is however a hypocrite for saying he goes to church and believes in God...because my Bible says homosexuality is WRONG!
    Say all you want gay people...it's a choice and not some birth defect and your choice is gross, sickening and sinful!

    June 30, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Stephanie

    Didn't this administration's DOJ just issue documents supporting DOMA? Being gay is a lifestyle choice, and there is zero comparison to civil rights. Every gay person has the exact same right as a heterosexual. Fall in love with a person of the opposite sex, and marry them. Sounds like equality.

    June 30, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    As I've always known, Don't Ask Don't Tell will require an act of Congress. On the other hand, I think the President should sign an executve order to put a halt to any discharges pending due to DADT. In a time of war, we need every patriotic American that's willing to serve on the battlefield.

    June 30, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    As far as unjust laws he could start with the stimulus bill and the SCHIP program. Sure would be nice if normal people could get a nice reception in the White House, but that would not be liberal. We just work to pay the bills.

    June 30, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. D. Tree

    Get the government out of Americans bedrooms personal lives – stop discriminating against GLBT people.

    I wonder if everyone complaining about government intervention in Health Care applies that sentiment equally?

    June 30, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Bleeding Heart

    In your face, Neocons!!

    June 30, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Jason

    Obama is takin the change to a whole different level. Marriage should not be toyed with at the federal level, leave it to the individual states to decide whether or not they want gay marriage or not...I didnt like when Bush used the marriage issue in 2004 and I dont like Obama using it now!!!! Yes protect those that are being persecuted but dont touch a sacred thing like marriage for political reasons. Lastly people should not equate Gay Rights to the Civil Rights Movement because it is not the same...Blacks were being killed and segregated and because of that movement various class of minority groups in this country have the privileges that they have now!

    June 30, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Matt

    Who is Obama to determine which laws are just or unjust?

    Somebody needs to get this idiot a Constitution!

    June 30, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. gt

    better watch your moves ,,, this could make you a one term wonder,,, the economy stinks,,, remember that before you act so bold...

    June 30, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Once You Vote Black: PUMA where are you?

    Why would he want to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military. You guys are trying to hijack the culture and force gayness on us. This is repulsive and some of my best friends are gay.

    June 30, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. RR

    democrats treat gays like they treat blacks. A few meetings and jokes and photo ops, then ignore them because they know gays and blacks will vote democrat no matter what.

    June 30, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    Issues of sexual deviancy can only be placed on an equal footing with
    the injustices of slavery, by a totally bankrupt soul that our very own President Obama. He never ceases to amaze me, in the way that he
    touts the gay, lesbian, and transgender lifestyle. I do admire him for
    taking sides though. Too bad he doesn't tout the wonder of God's
    creation, each unique man and woman, crafted with great care to share the wonder of human sexuality, with love and faithfulness.

    June 30, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. nota dem

    Obama the majority is against you gay rights movement, QUIT trying to change the world.

    June 30, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Anonymous

    I think that it is ok to have gays in the millitary

    June 30, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Hugo

    Next in line for presidential run, Rosie O'Donnell! She meets all quailifications, well at least two of the three...

    June 30, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. smokey

    I agree that we need to repel " don;t ask don't tell". But I also agree with President Obama, that people need to be alot more patient with regards to this issue..It is very complicated and will take time to address..There are alot more important issues, not that this is not important...People need to remeber Obama can't tackle everyting at once, and has to prioritize his agenda..Also it is so true what Obama said with regards to making head way..People need to remember that the Civil Rights movement took Black people along to overcome and change did not come over night, nor will it this time...

    June 30, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. JD

    An apple is still an apple. It is wrong when you start to apologize for something that is wrong to begin with. And when you try to convense me its right doesn't make it right either. I have my opinion and you have yours. I believe in what I believe and your not going to convense me any different. You wants facts then go and read the bible. In fact you need to be reading the bible and you wouldn't be wanting to apologize for something that is wrong in the first place.

    June 30, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. greenfun

    Of course as the gay community skewers him in their blogs as he breaks more promises, BO makes another speech.

    June 30, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Edward Veidt

    Big talk, but we need big action. I know it will take time, but it's critically important that we destroy evil, hateful laws like gay marriage bans.

    June 30, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Kevin in Ohio

    Just great. And I wonder what unjust laws he is referring to, anyway.

    June 30, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. Wet Blanket on Progress..

    People need to just sit back and be patient. The things Obama's trying to do will not happen easily and will not come overnight. You have to remember that there is a whole party determined to block his every move, every appointee nominated and every attempt to heal this country. The same people who hate him are the same people who do not accept equality in lifestyle for all, and they are VERY powerful.

    Support President Obama- it may take a second to get things done, but they won't get done if his support system falls out from under him.

    Would you rather nothing happens at all?

    June 30, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. Samuel

    obama has been paying back everyone who voted for him, unoins, hispanics, blacks, next will be the gays. I just hope that someday he will admit to his infidelity with Sinclair.

    June 30, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. Tree

    I can't believe the President compared the struggles of Black Americans to those of the LGBT community. What a slap to Black Americans.

    June 30, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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