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Ellen and Cher give Obama standing ovation over gay rights

US President Obama receives rapturous applause for his gay rights policies at campaign fundraiser in LA
Barack Obama cheered for by LGBT supporters

US President Barack Obama received a standing ovation and rapturous applause from his lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters at an election campaign fundraiser in Los Angeles.

The 600 strong crowd, which included comedian Ellen DeGeneres and singer Cher, were overjoyed when the leader, who made history last month by publicly supporting gay marriage, pledged to block attempts to undo gay rights advances made under his administration.

He said he would not allow the reinstatement of the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, supported by some Republicans, saying it was 'not something I will tolerate', reported The Associated Press.

After California, Obama's campaign trail will head to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Barack Obama was the first sitting president to publicly endorse same-sex marriage and received praise from the international community for his historic decision.

However, there remains ongoing opposition from religious leaders and conservative political groups both in the US and abroad.

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