Yet he still wont say he support same sex marriage.
What a fence sitter.
Do you ever see the bright side of anything?
This is a positive step for america, let’s not forget that.
These things have to start somewhere. This is more than what our friends in the US miliitary had a year back! And I am sure there will be more to come. This time last year gay marriage wasn’t legal in New York! It is now! Small steps Adam small steps
Obama, not believeing himself in this nonsense, betrays the foundation of his country!!
Unless you think the foundation of the US was inequality, you’re wrong, Sottom.
I wouldn’t write off Obama just yet. I’m hoping that he’ll be voted in next year and then maybe we’ll see some definite changes!
Yes I hope he gets voted in I haven’t given up hope for him but its dwindeling quickly
Take into account he has a hostile Congress
I agree that if he gets a second term there will be major changes – but don’t underestimate that ending of DODT and events such as equal marriage in New York state are huge changes in terms of the US
Agreed..I do think he’s been careful because he is the first black president! So I too hope he get’s in again!
About time too!
Took there bloody time about it.
After all the knuckle dragging yes, well done.
Next Obama needs to consign DOMA to the dustbin of odious U.S. history.
Homosexuals should stay out of army….
Just like blacks, woman, and Jews, right Rich?
Go kill yourself, Rich! Do us all a favour!
Sorry been out, had a few to many drinks but sick of this pervert that PinkNews feels is acceptable!
But we don’t, so your comment is pointless Rich. We’re everywhere. Live with it.
Rich is right. We need to protect america’s precious gays…lol. Everyone who wants to be in the army should do, those who don’t shouldn’t, we should always respect those who are willing to die for us.
Where would you prefer them then Rich?
…in bed with you perhaps? lol
There is a lot of lamenting and brooding in the LGBT about these developments.Firstly many expect him to officially declare personal support for gay marriage.Why should that matter?Legislation is what matters and the conseqeunt right to be who you are without persecution,striclty speaking,backed by the laws.So his personal ‘opinion’ on the matter is in my opinion of little significance.Secondly the assumption that his support for the overturning of laws opressing LGBT rights is motivated by political support gain is annoying.People forget that not long ago it was a plus to be homophobic and push the religious agenda instead,and that even if Obama was just playing a political game,if support for LGBT yields positive outlook to his game it marks monumental progress that was but a dream during the Bush administration and in manyconservative and cultural countries around the world,this still being the case.Stop being cynical.A revolution is here and it is to be celebrated.
Agreed on all counts! Very well said JP
Yes, remember Bush got re-elected in 2004 by bashing gay marriage. We need Obama re-elected with Democratic majorities in both Houses to get anything more done on any issue let alone gay/lesbian equality. I say good for him for achieving more for gay/lesbian equality than all other Presidents combined!
17 years of DADT and over 13,500 troops dismissed, yet it it now OK! to say it won’t harm the military! Did it ever harm or affect the military? It is good that men and women who wish to serve and defend their country can do so without fear of dismissal by their government.
With regard to the 13,500 dismissed solders who served their country with pride. There is no writing the wrong of 17 years. For their honor they were dismissed, military records tarnished and pay or pension benefits stripped. Where is the apology or restoration of financial remuneration denied? clearly past and present represent 2 different policies.
“Sorry! righting the wrong!”
FYI – http://OutMilitary.com is providing a supportive place for gay servicemen and women to friend, share and network in a post DADT era.
God Bless Obama, now give equal and Civil Rights denied to gays in America and set them free, just like Lincoln a white man freed the slaves, Obama a black man free the gays!
Do it before the Christian terrorist start another Civil War in America.
I fail to see why encouraging more people to murder in the name of the US terror state is a good thing. It just makes it easier for the governments to spoonfeed young gay people assimilationist, nationalistic bollocks.
there is no rational and logical reason to stop LBG folk being soldiers – that’s the point, not whether you agree or not with any particular wars etc
I don’t disagree with any particular war, it’s all of them, so obviously I find the notion of the military thoroughly repugnant. Actively campaigning to let gay people into such a monsterous institution gives the impression to young gay folk that there’s something noble about murder in the name of capitalism. It’s nauseating. The gay community used to be militant, used to oppose this kind of crap. Now we’re all little flag waving drones of the state. It makes me wretch.