Retrieved November 15, During the ABC interview, Obama described his views as personal and said he still believed that individual US states should be able to decide on the issue for themselves. Defense Department plans to repeal its ban on transgender service members, ending a year of contentious internal debate about how they can serve openly.
Archived from the original on September 10, Goldman, Adam; Robert Tanner May 15, Retrieved April 20, Kornblut, Anne E. Main article: Death of Osama bin Laden. NBC News. Obama later reflected on his years in Honolulu and wrote: "The opportunity that Hawaii offered—to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect—became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear.
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Retrieved June 1, On February 27,Obama announced that combat operations in Iraq would end within 18 months. On the deal, Michelle said "I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others".
And Washingtonians who believe in the traditional definition of marriage as one man and one woman are not bigots. Despite being offered a full scholarship to Northwestern University School of LawObama enrolled at Harvard Law School in the fall ofliving in nearby Somerville, Massachusetts.
Waiting until after the election would have been politically safer, but if Obama loses in November, as he knows he might, a historic opportunity to speak out for justice could have slipped away. On May 9, , Obama told an interviewer that he supported same-sex marriage.
See also: Brody, David July 30, But for the most part, activists dissatisfied with the lack of progress in those and other areas consider Congress, rather than the president, the real obstacle to equality. Noting that 29 states have approved bans on same-sex marriage, they said Obama's announcement could help his Republican opponent in the November 6 election, Mitt Romney, consolidate support among evangelical Christians who, like Romney, oppose gay marriage.