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Obama speaks at Mandela’s eulogy: ‘Around the world people are still persecuted for who they love’

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  1. What a gift Obama is. I love that man. It’s a shame that many in his country don’t see how lucky they are to have him.

  2. Outstanding eulogy. Obama,s finest speech. Socked it to Mugabe & Zuma. First American President to shake hands with a Cuban President. World class& Historic. Cameron would never have the kudos or credibility to deliver such a meaningful address.

  3. Oh, did he say so? Isn’t it weird that we have missed this information, it is not reported ANYHERE here, in Greece?

  4. I was very luke-warm towards Obama at first but now have a great respect for his integrity – a power of good in the world,

  5. Nobody is ever prosecuted “for who they love”. People are prosecuted for engaging in certain sex acts. The law concerns itself with actions, not feelings.

    1. JohnE if this is true then why has Nigeria passed a bill that would jail all gay and lesbian people regardless on whether or not they have sex, so a person can be locked up for declaring their love for a person of the same sex. It’s really no suprise that countries that have such laws are the most unfree nations in the world with regards to human rights in general. When the government can jail or even kill two consenting adults for having sex, such a law could only be enforceable if the government was able to interfere with the private life of its citizens, totalitarian governments seek to control the public and private conduct of their people, governments should not have the power to restrict the rights of the people but to protect them, minorities should be protected by law, not persecuted, which is the case with anti gay laws because they are designed to target a particular segment of the population

    2. your ‘witty’ comment carries a lot of weight (sarcasm alert) when applied to mixed race relationships in pre 60’s america

    3. No one mentioned ‘prosecuted’. The word ‘persecuted’ was used, meaning to subject someone to hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of their race or political or religious beliefs, gender identity or sexual orientation. Just saying. (from unashamed grammar nazi)

  6. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 11 Dec 2013, 6:20am

    Obama is the man, he is our Abraham Lincoln of the 21st century!

    Obama signed into law these (no particular order):

    1. DADT Repeal Act
    2. HIV Immigration Restrictions Regulations Repeal Act
    3. HOPE Act
    4. Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act
    5. Violence Against Women Re-Authorisation Act
    6. Equal Pay Act

    I would some day like to meet Obama – he has done more on the gay rights field that any other US President in history.

    Bill Clinton on the other hand did NOTHING to advance gay rights, because he is a total asshole!!!!!

    Remember Bill Clinton signed both DOMA and DADT into law in the 1990’s and please do not forget that EVER – Bill Clinton is a traitor and scumbag – no different to all other conservatives getting in our way of what is rightfully our rights – EQUAL rights that is!!!!!!

  7. In many ways Obama has been a disappointment (too much was probably expected in the first place) – he is as in thrall to Wall Street as any US President and his foreign policy is not much different from GW Bush’s, but his willingness to speak out for lgbt people is unprecedented and admirable. And his oratorical powers rival Churchill’s.

    1. When did GWB invade a foreign country and make things worse in comparison to Obama ! (non -subtle clue – Iraq).
      I agree, probably too much was hoped and yet he has achieved a great deal more than many feared and set a coures where it is now becomming cumulative in changing attitudes for further progress. I watched his eulogy for Nelson Mandela and it was brilliantly subtle and pointed against tyranny. That well worn phrasing – “first they laugh at you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win” seems apt for Obama’s strategy.

  8. I wonder if Mugabe squirmed – or smirked…?

  9. Frank Boulton 13 Dec 2013, 11:05am

    There’s no doubt in my mind that we wouldn’t have same-sex marriage in New Zealand, if it weren’t for President Obama’s influence.

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