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Obama chastises GOP candidates for silence on gay rights

By CALLIE MORAN - Capitol Hill Blue White Correspondent
October 2, 2011

President Barack Obama delivers his remarks at the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th annual national dinner in Washington Saturday Oct. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Barack Obama, obviously angry at GOP rivals who sidestep the contentious issue of gays in the military, Saturday said that anyone who desires to become commander in chief of America’s armed forces must support everyone in uniform — including those of different sexual persuasions.

“You want to be commander in chief?  You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient,” Obama told those attending the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights organization. “We don’t believe in standing silent.”

Obama’s remarks came as the result of the Sept. 22 GOP debate when the right-wing crowd booed a gay soldier who asked a question and all the Republican Presidential contenders let the boos stand without challenge.

Obama supported repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay members of America’s armed forces.

Still, Obama stays on the fence when it comes to openly endorsing gay marriage.

“Every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law,” he said.

Gay activists are unhappy with what they see as Obama’s tepid stands when it comes to some of their issues.  Political strategists say the President could recapture some of the passion that marked his first campaign for President if he became a public advocate for gay marriage.

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3 Responses to Obama chastises GOP candidates for silence on gay rights

  1. Carl Nemo **==

    October 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

    “Obama supported repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay members of America’s armed forces.

    Still, Obama stays on the fence when it comes to openly endorsing gay marriage.” …extract from article

    These two sentences are a prime example as to how this ever slick-talking pol works the crowds.

    Now that he senses possible failure at the polls in 2012, he’s become a ‘bottom feeder’ using hot button issues to get publicity.

    Gays, straights and everyone else between best remember his sorry, duplicitous performance to date when they cast their vote in November 2012. Once reelected, it will be simply business as usual with this guy and his supportive, corrupt AG, Eric Holder.

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    Beware the shapeshifter…!

    ***

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. Gregg

    October 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    As with most everything else Obama has done thus far:

    Too little too late and not many left who care what Obama’s opinions or beliefs are.

  3. Almandine

    October 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Politics… nothing more, nothing less.