And Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered a passionate message directly to transgender people. Seeking reelection in Illinois, Obama fills out another questionnaire for Outlineswhich the Windy City Times published in They argue that Obama needed to win support from both the military and the Senate before he could make a lasting change. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships. And he was handily re-elected.
Obama questions his own opposition to same-sex marriage.
Those very religious people he mentions in this ABC News interview would include the likes of Rick Warren, who not only championed Proposition 8 but also contributed to the religious justification of oppressive anti-gay laws across Africa. The president praised that Supreme Court decision, but activists have not always applauded him. But even if the president was just mirroring public opinion polls, it was a major step politically. White House advisers may privately grumble about how Joe Biden backed the president into a corner on gay marriage.
Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian gay rights activist, said that advocacy was critical to helping dissolve what for many Africans has been a persuasive argument against gay rights: