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President Obama's 1996 Stance On Gay Rights

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Now that his previously-stated stances are out in the open, we think that he's definitely going to have some serious explaining to do!

Check out above a signed statement from President Barack Obama, from 1996 (above) in which he adamantly shows his support of not only gay marriage, but also funding for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, as well as the right for same-sex couples to adopt!

Those points include:

I would support and co-sponsor a state civil rights bill for gays and lesbians.

I do not favor a statewide registry of names of people who test positive for HIV.

I favor an increase in funding for state AIDS services.

I favor more aggressive (and better funded) prevention programs, particularly targeted at young people and minority communities where infection rates continue to increase.

I favor mandatory Medicaid coverage for persons with HIV/AIDS.

I favor legalizing same-sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriage.

I believe in the rights of gays and lesbians to become foster parents, adopt children and have the right to custody of their own children on the same basis of heterosexuals.

I support a woman's right to choose an abortion, favor Medicaid funding of abortions for poor women, and opppose parental notification laws.

I vigorously support existing affirmative action programs.


It's just so disappointing to us that politics could get in the way of what someone believes, especially when that someone could really help progress this country toward the equal rights that everyone deserves.


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69 comments to “President Obama's 1996 Stance On Gay Rights”

  1. 1

    They are all full of shit….

  2. 2

    Politicians lie. Duh.

  3. 3

    Things take time you know, before you complain, learn how your government works. We are in a global recession, there are bigger issues in the world than Gay rights right now. More importantly like health care. Why don't you ever write about that. Oh that's right because you can afford it so it's not your problem. Well I'll take the same stance, I'm not gay so this ain't my problem better still let the whole world do this and we can see how much shit gets done.

  4. 4

    Obama has been open about the fact that he does not support same sex marriage. Many politicians feel the same way, republican or democrat.

  5. 5

    This is old news and perhaps marching to Washington and talking to your Senators is what you need to do more of instead of just sitting at your throne waiting for things to happen.

  6. 6

    just how much impact can a person have if they are unable to get elected?

  7. 7

    Why the fuck would anyone make a statement like "I do not favor a statewide registry of names of people who test positive for HIV."

    Don't you think you should keep track of who can spread AIDS???

    What a douche bag!

  8. 8

    perez please do everyone a favor and stick to reporting stories about celebrites and stop post stuff that nothing to with celebrites if we all want what going in the world we will watch cnn and msnbc. and enough with all your gay agenda

  9. 9

    A politician that lied? No effing way!

  10. 10


  11. 11

    Ummmm, Obama talks a good line but does the exact opposite behind closed doors. He's been bought and sold already, the most porkiest president in the history of the US and a complete failure.

    He does not care about the future of this country, he's just getting it while the gettin's good.

  12. elRey says – reply to this


    OLD, OLD, OLD news!! This is politics people, he can say that as a candidate in Chicago, but sadly, he can't get elected president with those views. He's moving sloooowly towards equal rights for gays but he had to change his tune to get elected. Let's hope these are STILL his honest views and he will DO SOMETHING to prove it!

  13. 13

    this should not be a surpise most politicians lie to get elected. there a chance he probably doesn't believe in this shit anymore. if he still does oh will a lot of people don't think gay marriage should happen anyway.

  14. 14

    I'm sure he does favor everything he says, and I'm sure he's trying but it's not easy when someone has hundreds and thousands of people and other political figured opposing him. You try running the country and see if you can get things done and make everyone happy. You, I am sure could never even fathom doing what he's trying to get done. Things take time. Chill.

  15. 15

    What in the hell were you stupid idiots thinking when you voted hopey mc changey pants into office, anyway?
    Did you think all your liberal agenda dreams would come true? How stupid could you be? Now the rest of us are stuck with the worst president ever for 2 more years.
    News flash…BO said whatever he needed to say to get elected. He's proven that he's woefully incompetent and inexperienced for the job he was elected to. He's got the media in bed with him and even the liberal media is starting to turn on him (just a tad…it's still an obama love-fest).
    Your beloved BO has tripled the deficit in less than 2 yrs in office and is running our country into the ground. Sorry, but gay rights/gay marriage is a non-issue at this time. We have much much more important issues to deal with right now.

  16. 16

    With the war, oil, and the economy, I don't think gay rights are on the top of the agenda.

  17. ka.06 says – reply to this


    Re: YRUFATT – My sentiments exactly.

  18. 18

    you cant want affirmative action AND equality. theyre incompatible.

  19. 19

    People seem to have this idea of the President as this magical being who can wave a wand and PRESTO! All the change we've been waiting for is now a reality! First of all, there are bigger issues going on right now. Let's fix the budget and health care first and foremost. Second, has it escaped your attention that almost every change Obama has actively tried to make has been blocked by the GOP? Like I said, he's not a freaking wizard — he can't just clap his hands and make everything so. Every piece of legislation has to go through a grinding process of bureaucratic red tape. Shit TAKES TIME. Everyone is so damn impatient.

  20. 20

    it's the states' choices, not his. he just repealed dadt and look at all the other amazing things that he states on that paper? don't be dissapointed people, things could be a lot worse. he's doing a good job.

  21. 21

    Whatever. The thing about politics is that you can have a particular stance and promise to achieve the progress the people want, but it doesn't always work. There are always people who will disagree wtih you and fight you on your political stance.

    And the president has other, MORE IMPORTANT things to worry about than whether or not I am allowed to get married. I'm a lesbian. And I want him to work on the economy more than I want him to work on my right to get married. That's another fight for another day. Priorities, Perez.

  22. 22

    Perez, go read a fucking Civics book. Do you think he can just snap his fingers and get whatever he wants? He has to work with a 435 person body called Congress, you moron. They don't just roll over and give him what he wants, especially lately. And for ONCE, think of the alternative to him. John McCain and Sarah Duchebag Palin. Do you think they would have gotten DADT repealed? Do you think they'd be doing anything to help gay couples AT ALL?! You are a stupid, stupid, stupid idiot.

  23. Waboo says – reply to this


    I don't understand what the problem is. If this was his (open) stance while trying to become president, he would've failed. Now it seems he's slowly working his way through the list. I think it shows that he cares about the subject, but needs to not overdo it in a short timespan otherwise the rightwing conservatives will go batshit insane (even more than already). And with congress now being more right-leaning… I mean, give the guy a break.

  24. 24

    Re: Katie M. – agreed!

  25. 25

    Yeah!!! Let's get him! Because the most important thing on the Presidential agenda is gay marriage, etc. Most rational Americans should be concerned with $1.5 trillion debt that our leaders have put us in. As Cicero stated in 55 B.C., "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."

  26. 26

    Obama makes George Bush look like George Washington. The country is fucked

  27. 27

    Oh come on, I support gay rights as much as you and I am straight! Still, what did you expect? He is the president but he cannot do whatever he wants. Especially with so many redneck hicks in this country who are blinded by ignorance who already hate him for being black. They are there to fight anything he wants to accomplish.

  28. LCFB says – reply to this


    Re: YRUFATT – yes, let's create another class of ppl so america can oppress. wear a condom, idiot. nobody has to protect you.

  29. 29

    By the way, your site was so much better when you stuck to things that you know, gossip about celebrities. Your "star-making", "record label", "social stances", etc. are so over the top and force fed, that it's nauseating. I used to check your site a couple of times a day for a humorous break in the workday. Now it bores and depresses me. I'm sure you don't care, but you've lost me as a reader and visitor.

  30. TCYB says – reply to this


    He said he is working on it and it will be done on his watch. Blame the party of NO.

  31. 31

    oooh so you'd rather him say no to the gays? what the hell do you want! my fuck.

  32. dtm83 says – reply to this


    well he repealed dont ask dont tell.

    but u know perez that just because u are the president doesnt mean u automatically get things done. we dont live in a dictatorship.

    so if u have a problem with the speed its getting done, blame the tea partiers and republicans.

  33. 33

    Ok, are you five years old? Do you even know how our government works? Though he is the president, he can't make everything go his way with one word. He's not an effing dictator or a magician, for that matter. People like you - who assume that the president can suddenly make everything go his way - seriously disturb me.

    If you're going to be a spoken member of the LGBT community, then please, for goodness sake, don't be an ignorant one.

  34. 34

    I was not looking forward to commenting on this article but am glad to see that several of you who have already posted share the same reaction that I had… absolutely the fact that equal members of society are not currently allowed the same rights, and being straight, I admit that I cannot imagine the frustration that living in this society can bring - but there are, unfortunately, more pressing matters to attend to. Not to diminish the importance of equal rights for all, a sustained and successful country that can afford to give steady jobs to more of its citizens is more important. I do agree, as another poster added, that the repeal of DADT was HUGE! Of course, to those of us with half a brain that understand how outrageous and unreasonable the current state of affairs are for the LGBT community have lofty goals for where we know society is headed, but we have be patient and wait for the rest of the country to catch up to us. It's sad, yes… but not his fault, nor is it the end of the world as we know it.

  35. 35

    Maybe if more gay people voted their voices would be heard. Instead of sitting around wanted politicians to back them up, get out an rally for candidates that you support and SHOW them that gay issues are important. Politicians please people that vote on a consistant level, i.e. older and rich people. If more people opened up about their homosexuality and voted for candidates that backed their rights. Gay peope would have equal rights across the board.

  36. 36

    in some states, cousins can marry. Think about that before you bitch about wanting to be like them! I'd take civil union over marriage anyday!

  37. 37

    Unfortunately, if he stated this more openly now, he would screw over his chances to get reelected. Would you rather have a Republican in the White House? I wish more people supported gay marriage, but they don't. So lame. Viva Spain and their awesomeness of approving this ish before most!

  38. 38

    Re: miss_miss – There will always be 'more important things' to people who aren't being affected by it. There's actually people out there who give a fuck about their rights.

  39. 39

    Don't you think there are more important things our government should worry about right now? Not everyone puts gay rights at the top. I would much rather him be trying to fix our country that is going down the shitter as we speak than making sure people's feelings aren't getting hurt. States are making equal rights happen at their level, is that not enough until we have the economy going at least slightly in the right direction? He can't snap his fingers and make things happen.

  40. 40

    so what are you complaining about?

  41. 41

    @CLMSpartan…THANK YOU! I've been reading this site for a long time now and I must say, your comment is the first down to earth, level headed, realistic comment I have ever read!

  42. 42

    I too would like to see same-sex marriage become legal. However, I think it is important to remember that a president is in place SO THAT politics can come before his personal opinions.

    I am going to assume that you are a Democrat (big d and little d democrat), in which case you most likely believe that we as citizens have a right to be represented, and also that the people that we elect are there to serve as delegates of our wishes. If that is so, President Obama should NOT allow his politics to be driven by his own personal whims, but rather by the desires of his constituency (the American People).

    Mind you, I am not arguing that the American people are against Same-Sex marriage, rather I think of you as a very intelligent man, and I know you want to be seen that way. So understand your party and the political background, and do not call on Obama's wishes, rather call on the will and rights of the people of this nation!

    P.S.- I read you everyday!

  43. 43

    This isn't just his stance in 1996, it's his stance still. Well, maybe not NOW, but when he was running for president, that was his opinion. Oh for crying out loud.

  44. 44

    Obama USED gays to get votes. All he has done FOR is given gays the right to die in the military for their country. Obama OWES gays the right to marry. He is letting gays down.

  45. 45

    He was a lawyer and is a politician. Whatever he says believe the opposite and you won't be so "disappointed".

  46. elRey says – reply to this


    Re: ghound

    Moron. Stop listening to FOX fake news and lies.

  47. elRey says – reply to this


    Re: FabLyfe03 – yeah, great idea BUT even IF 100% of gays voted it would not make a real difference, gays of voting age are at the most 10% of the population and no segment of the population get 100% turnout at the voting booths. Do the math. It takes everyone to win equal rights for the few.

  48. elRey says – reply to this


    Re: MVPnis – Yeah, right George Washington was a slave owner, and George Bush wishes he could be too!

  49. 49

    Why do gay people find it necessary to "Come Out"? Why the need to tell the world your sexual preference? You do not see people who bang a sheep or other animals "coming out"? How about pedophiles? Nope! Why don't hetero's "come out" as heteros? It is just not necessary. That is why.
    Noooo! It is only gay people who "come out". If you would quit making a big gay production about it, no one would probably give a sh!t.
    These military gays want to serve openly, but in the middle east you would be stoned to death for butt piracy. I bet that you guys would dive back in the closet if some Arab came at your with a sword and a bag of stonning rocks.
    Remember folks. I am just amusing myself here. I say what I say with tongue-in -cheek (ish)

  50. 50

    Why don't you just be happy for what he has done so far? and quit your fucking whining! Baby steps Perez! Many politicians and ppl are still against equality… that's why prop8 passed. Baby steps is better than nothing. So instead of thrashing him give him props for his efforts I'm sure he is not done doing what he has to do. Also we do have check and balances in this country so he needs approval to pass bills, and lets be real a bill like that would never pass….

  51. 51

    I've known this for a while, and I think its a good thing. Let's face it, the Country wasn't ready for Gay Marriage in 08, and it is hardly ready for it now. Its comforting to know that Obama is secretly on our side, and I believe that he will come out and swing for us when he has the opportunity. Keep in mind that Hillary Clinton has NEVER supported gay marriage openly.

  52. 52

    Yes, it is sad that our politicians have to dilute their personal views in order to get elected. That says more about our culture than it does about our politicians. All things considered though, President Obama has managed to do more for gay civil rights than any other president in the history of this country.

    We are getting there. It's just really hard to oppose the bible in a country with such a large and politically active Xtian conservative population.

  53. 53

    First of all gays would have voted for Obama regardless of his stance on gay marriage because a republican wouldnt dare to even try to give them equal rights. Second of all it took 362 years for slavery to end in america its definately going to take time. Im sure if he could he would change everything that he could at once but look at what he's up against. This is going to take alot of time guys you have to relax.

  54. 54

    Re: YRUFATT – Well that would compromise a persons privacy. People need to be responsible for their own decisions when it comes to sex.

  55. 55

    Re: Xtina09 – No. There SHOULD be a registry for HIV/AIDS patients. How can you argue that its against ones privacy when there is a registry for sex offenders. People can lie and say they dont have aids and give it to someone else.

    If someone is HIV/AIDS positive and they KNOW they have it but do not tell their sexual partner before hand and they give it to them THEN THEY SHOULD BE PUT IN JAIL.

  56. 56

    Re: msdmsd – Amen!

  57. 57

    How do you know he really believes in these things and didn't just say them because of politics?? After all he said them while running as a candidate for senate! Interpret it any way you like, they all lie anyway

  58. 58

    No pplease say all this comes true or else :(

  59. 59

    i think all politicians start out with good intentions but politics screws up all hopes of helping humanity because suddenly it's not about helping the people anymore, it's about the fame, the money, the power: in short, politics.

  60. 60

    Just goes to show you that the president has no power (and neither do we), he's simply a puppet used by congress. :/

  61. 61

    aww its bout time someone stands up for my gays n lasbians^_^

  62. 62

    okay im confuse is he agaisnt or for homosexuality^_^

  63. 63

    okay hes for it forget my last comment^_^

  64. 64

    Yes Perez, it is sad but let me explain something to you. If the man promotes same sex marriage in his first term with so many against it, he has no chance at a second term. He has to get the second term and then he can promote same sex marriage. I know you live in a world where you think your issues should come first but that is just not how the game is played. I am very pro gay marriage but you need to stop and think about the process to getting there. The President needs backing by people but he also needs to remain President so he can accomplish it. If he loses next term, you know Republicans sure as hell will not be doing anything about it.

  65. 65

    Can you possibly be that stupid Perez. (Foolish question I know). He DOES NOT SUPPORT YOU! He, like all Democrats, flip flop on every issue to say whatever they need to say and lie through their teeth to get elected, because they know how stupid you are. You f@chtards even switch parties while in office to keep getting elected! He never supported you, it was not a secret, but you just throw on your blinders and pretend he does. What a moron you are.

  66. 66

    It looks to me that he supports same sex marriage and is against other people being against same sex marriage.

  67. 67

    you should try being a british student who voted for the liberal democrats then you will know about broken promises

  68. 68

    That happens with many many politcians. Most in fact. It comes down to what the beliefs of are the particular party. Whatever can get them in office and to stay there. It's really sad. If more politicians stand by what they truly inside believe in it would lead this country where it should leading too, whatever that might be.

  69. 69

    Re: Jenyfyr – Glad to help :-)