President Barack Obama is about to become the first sitting president to make a prominent appearance in an LGBT publication, appearing on the cover of Out magazine.
The magazine is using the occasion to announce Obama as its “Ally of the Year” to the gay community.
In an accompanying interview, Obama said that he first realized the significance of equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community when he “was a kid.”
“My mom instilled in me the strong belief that every person is of equal worth,” he said.
“One of the reasons I got involved in politics was to help deliver on our promise that we’re all created equal, and that no one should be excluded from the American dream just because of who they are.” Then he added, “That’s why, in the Senate, I supported repealing DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act].”
The president’s memory seems flawed. At the Saddleback Forum on social issues held three months before the 2008 election, the moderator, Rick Warren, asked Obama to define marriage.
“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” he answered, to thunderous applause. “For me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union,” he added.
Here’s a clip of that exchange.
Obama’s Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, was also at the forum, and Obama was obviously trying to pander to the Christian community.
Now that he’s not running for office, he’s free to pander to the LGBT community.
People on social media weren’t impressed.
@thehill Well that’s just a hell of an accomplishment.
— Matt O’Brien (@Mattfobrien) November 10, 2015
@thehill looks like it’s the biggest achievement for him — Jenna Abrams (@Jenn_Abrams) November 10, 2015
@thehill Poster Child…..
— David (@CoolAzDad) November 10, 2015
@thehill @TheDemocrats @lgbt_dems That’s a huge Constituency. Huge, big money donors. — GovernorTitusPierce (@pierceforgov) November 10, 2015
Its crazy to realize that Obama didnt openly support gay marriage til 2012 & he’s now on the cover of an LGBT magazine as Ally of the Year.
— Djacko (unchained) (@JakIzBak) November 10, 2015
@thehill Is he trying to tell us something? — Mike (@scorpian165) November 10, 2015
Awkward, https://t.co/PPYHVrB3Fx @thehill
— angeliqueن (@angeliquerene) November 10, 2015
@thehill this POTUS is a freakshow. Worst POTUS since 1886. — Paul Parks (@gradbhbar) November 10, 2015
@thehill i am sure that Taft would have jumped on board, had he been asked
— CW Jensen (@captaincwjensen) November 10, 2015
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