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Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage Paperback – September 12, 2010
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Coming from Chicago, home to historically infamous political machines, the young politician had to say the 'right' things to get elected. He began courting the GLBT community--and their votes in his bid for the IL Senate.
And then more careful politicking around the issues of same sex marriage and gays in the military brought him to the White House. This was accomplished through improving his voting record on issues important to civil rights groups. He had to have the perfect voting record.
Obama was helped by David Geffen, who previously had backed Hillary Clinton, moving over to his campaign. By the time of the Denver convention Obama obtained the party nomination--and support of the community.
Alluding to his own discomfort with same sex marriage, the African American presidential nominee also inferred that he understood discrimination. Convention delegates believed in a concrete version of 'change' which would transform how the country granted civil rights based on civil rights and gender identity.
The administration's first major stumble was inviting notoriously anti-gay pastor Rick Warren to inaugural festivities. It seemed a particularly inappropriate message for the new president's 'inclusive' America--and ironic in light of the volunteer hours which GLBT people and their allies had donated to his campaign.Read more ›
From his days in the Illinois State Senate, up to May 2010 in his still unfolding Presidency: numerous essays, interviews and pictures tell the story of this unprecedented era in LGBT history.