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.