Barack Obama
The latest on Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States and the first black president to be elected. His influence concerning the LGBT rights movement has been detrimental in furthering equality. Under his presidency, the first openly gay U.S. courts of appeal was elected and he also nominated the six openly gay judges serving at the federal court level. In 2011 Barack Obama's administration repealed the DADT policy and the following year he formally stated he supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Obama: Constitution 'Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage in All 50 States'
October 20 2014 5:18 PM ET

Obama: Constitution Guarantees Marriage Equality in 50 States

Sunnivie Brydum

The former University of Chicago law professor told The New Yorker he believes the U.S. Constitution includes a right to same-sex marriage.

Op-ed: Why Our Next Attorney General Should Be LGBT
October 02 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Why Our Next Attorney General Should Be LGBT

Chad Griffin

This isn't about symbolism or filling a quota. It's about enduring justice for all Americans, says the president of HRC.

Texas Restaurant Worker Gets Gay-Supportive Fist Bump From Obama
July 13 2014 4:25 AM ET

Texas Restaurant Worker Gets Gay-Supportive Fist Bump From Obama

Trudy Ring

After shouting 'Equal rights for gay people!' the employee got a gesture of solidarity from the president.

A Progressive Endorses Freedom to Discriminate?
July 04 2014 2:38 PM ET

A Progressive Endorses Freedom to Discriminate?

Trudy Ring

Liberal Christian Jim Wallis has drafted a letter supporting broad religious exemptions in President Obama's planned antidiscrimination order — but now he says he may not send it.

After Hobby Lobby, Faith Leaders Want Right To LGBT Discrimination
July 03 2014 10:47 AM ET

After Hobby Lobby, Faith Leaders Want Right To LGBT Discrimination

Rebecca Juro

Another group of religious leaders, including Rev. Rick Warren, asks President Obama for broad exemptions in an upcoming LGBT executive order.

Op-ed: President Obama, Make Me Cry Again
July 03 2014 4:00 AM ET

Op-ed: President Obama, Make Me Cry Again

Rebecca Juro

We've shed tears of joy at your positive moves, Mr. President, but the time to finish the job on equality is now.

Op-ed: Mr. President, Don’t Add Exemptions to Your Executive Order
June 19 2014 4:30 AM ET

Op-ed: Mr. President, Don’t Add Exemptions

Heather Cronk

While the executive order announced by the Obama administration is a great step, the next hurdle is quite clear.

WATCH: Obama on LGBT Progress and Road Ahead
June 18 2014 3:25 PM ET

WATCH: Obama on LGBT Progress and Road Ahead

Trudy Ring

We have many reasons to celebrate this Pride Month but mustn't grow complacent, says the president.

Op-ed: No, Obama's Executive Order Is Not a (Total) Win
June 17 2014 3:46 PM ET

Op-ed: No, Obama's Executive Order Is Not a (Total) Win

Rebecca Juro

As we celebrate the president's announcement of a nondiscrimination order, let's be realistic too.

Sen. Hatch Calls for Broad Religious Exemptions in Exec Order
June 17 2014 2:59 PM ET

Senator Wants Big Exemption in Obama's Executive Order

Trudy Ring

Orrin Hatch says a presidential executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination should let religiously affiliated employers opt out.

WATCH: Correspondents' Dinner a Mixed Bag
May 04 2014 5:24 AM ET

WATCH: Correspondents' Dinner a Mixed Bag

Trudy Ring

Joel McHale bombed with a routine that featured some LGBT-related material, President Obama showed restraint, and Joe Biden and Julia Louis-Dreyfus stole the show.

Report: Russia Blacklisting U.S. Gay Political Funders
May 03 2014 1:37 PM ET

Report: Russia Blacklisting U.S. Gay Political Funders

Trudy Ring

The Daily Beast reports that some big LGBT donors to President Obama's election campaigns have been barred from entering Russia.

Biden Supports Antibias Order; Will Obama Take Action?
May 01 2014 3:19 PM ET

Biden Supports ENDA Exec. Order — Will Obama? 

Trudy Ring

The vice president says he sees no disadvantage to a presidential executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors.

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