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Cleve Jones Says Obama Needs Some Pressure


National Equality March lead organizer Cleve Jones joined Anderson Cooper on CNN Thursday night to discuss the reasons for the march taking place in Washington, D.C., this Sunday, including his belief that President Obama still needs some "pressure."

"I believe that President Obama wants to do the right thing, but I belive that he, like most politicians, needs some pressure and a little prodding," Jones told Cooper.

His remarks followed a statement on Wednesday from Congressman Barney Frank, who said the march was "useless" and that prospective attendees should stay home because the president did not need the pressure.

"We're marching this weekend to show that we want action, but we're also trying to change the conversation," Jones said, in a reference to his argument for a federal, rather than state and local, strategy for equality.

The exchange between Jones and Cooper was preceded by a segment on Obama's promises to the LGBT community as a presidential candidate. Former Clinton adviser Richard Socarides and blogger Pam Spaulding appeared.

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