Obama urging state lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in Illinois: Sun-Times exclusive – 12/29/12
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama is urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage in his home state as lawmakers are poised to take up the measure as early as this week in Springfield.
"While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.
"As he has said, his personal view is that it's wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. Were the President still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally," Inouye said… Photo
Obama Urging Gay Marriage In Illinois – 12/30/12
Illinois business leaders, Obama backing same-sex marriage in state – 12/30/12
Gay Marriage - Morgan Freeman –
“Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality"
(VIDEO) – 11/25/12
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Morgan Freeman Narrates New HRC Spot on Next Steps in Marriage Equality – 11/24/12
Commentary: Morgan Freeman lends his voice in support for marriage equality – 11/25/12 Photo
Obama: ‘I Think Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able to Get Married’ – ABC News - May 9, 2012 Photo
Michelle Obama – “Kids who now feel like, for the FIRST TIME, if they're gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, that they feel like they have a place.” 9/26/12
First Lady Talks LGBT Youth: “We’re Here for Our Kids”
SALLY FIELD - Receives HRC's Ally For Equality Award, Delivers Emotional Speech On Gay Son Sam – 10/07/12
…She went on to note, "But Sam was different, and his journey to allow himself what nature intended him to be was not an easy one. As his mother, I consider it one of the great privileges of my life to be part it."
"There are so many children who struggle to understand and embrace their sexuality in families who do not welcome them, with parents that somehow find it acceptable to shut them out their hearts and their homes, and that I find unacceptable." Photo
But she drew the biggest cheers after she told the HRC crowd, "You've changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realize somewhere along the way they're just different from their other brothers and sisters...
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California Bans Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors – 10/1/12
Therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors who say they are gay has been outlawed in California, the first state to adopt such legislation. California Gov. Jerry Brown announced he had signed the bill on Sunday.
The bill’s sponsor, Calif. State Sen. Ted Lieu, said the so-called “conversion therapy,” “sexual orientation therapy,” “reparative therapy,” or “sexual orientation change efforts” — amounts to “psychological child abuse.”
“No one should stand idly by while children are being psychological abused, and anyone who forces a child to try to change their sexual orientation must understand this is unacceptable,” Lieu said in a statement released Sunday… Photo
President Obama - Election Night - ...We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt; that isn’t weakened by inequality; that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet... November 07, 2012 - 12:38 A.M. CST
Gay Vote Proved a Boon for Obama – 11/15/12
President OBAMA Gay Marriage Endorsement - Is 'Political Bravery'- RACHEL MADDOW & “…I think of all the GAY KIDS out there who now know they have their president on their side…” by ANDREW SULLIVAN - NPR – May 9 & 10, 2012
51% of AFRICAN AMERICANS nationwide endorsed the right of gays and lesbians to marry…slightly higher than the support level among all voters - The Pew Research Center said a Nov. 6 exit poll found – 11/17/12
PRESIDENT OBAMA‘S letter – August 2012 - Appreciate Perspective on Gay (LGBT) Rights of Fr. Marty Steven Kurylowicz - LGBT Rights Begins with CHILDREN | VATICAN CRACKDOWN – August 2012 - Gay Catholic Priest - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz “Coming Out” 1997 for “Protection of CHILDREN from Antigay Social & Religious Norms - 10/10/12
Developmental Narratives Growing Up Gay - Overview - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz - November 16, 2008
Perpetuation of Generational Violence On Children -- Who Grow Up to Be Gay - Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – December 19, 2008
Homosexuality: Coming out of the confusion, by Sidney H. Phillips, M.D. – December 8, 2008