And just maybe, that was Obama's plan all along: Other denominations may make a different decision. Not Always A 'Thunderbolt': These events included an LGBT Youth Summit in and a meeting with transgender students in Junewith a sixth summit scheduled for August It's become an annual event, tied to the monthlong commemoration of the Stonewall riots, which helped launch the modern gay liberation movement.
At times, Obama has seemed less a trailblazer hurling thunderbolts than a weather vane, merely reflecting the shifting political winds.
Barack Obama tells African states to abandon anti-gay discrimination
He also noted that the administration has been less vocal about the issue with strategically important Middle Eastern countries that also threaten harsh punishments for homosexuality, including the death penalty. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Jump to main content. President Obama has also issued a presidential memorandum that directs all Federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U. The man Buhari defeated, Goodluck Jonathan, pushed through a gay marriage ban in Nigeria that also criminalized public displays of affection between people of the same gender. Supporting LGBT Health In JunePresident Obama issued a directive on same-sex domestic partner benefits, opening the door for the State Department to extend the full range of legally available benefits and allowances to same-sex domestic partners of members of the Foreign Service sent to serve abroad. Conversion therapy is not effective, reinforces harmful gender stereotypes, and is not an appropriate mental health treatment.
During the Democratic primary, Obama reaffirms support of 'strong civil unions' that offer all the rights that come with opposite-sex marriage. The Justice Department sued North Carolina over its new law requiring public school students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex. Obama is not someone who shies up to a challenge. On the other hand, international LGBT activists say Obama may have more stature than other Western leaders to make the case for tolerance. I have staff members who are in committed, monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful parents. Or for example it is like Obama goes to London or Madrid or The Hague or even Japan and says your monarchy is oppressive and a waste of money and should be done away with. The man Buhari defeated, Goodluck Jonathan, pushed through a gay marriage ban in Nigeria that also criminalized public displays of affection between people of the same gender.