Monday, June 29, 2009

Obama Commemorates Stonewall By Kerry Eleveld

President Barack Obama Monday, with First Lady Michelle Obama standing at his side, delivered a sweeping nearly 20-minute speech that paid tribute to the LGBT movement and promised concrete steps toward equality would be taken during his administration.

“I want you to know that I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not by promises I've made, but by the promises that my administration keeps,” Obama said to the applause of about 250 attendees midway through his speech.

The president acknowledged the frustration felt by many LGBT activist who have felt that his administration has not moved quickly enough on key pieces of legislation such repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” and overturning what he called the Defense of Marriage Act.

“We've been in office six months now,” he said in an assured, matter-of-fact tone, “and I suspect that by the time this administration's over, you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.” Read more

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