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

Ellen and Cher give Obama standing ovation over gay rights
07 June 2012

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.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Anderson Cooper had ulterior motive when he 'dated' girls as a teen

'I was sort of, you know, hoping to meet their brothers'
No thumbnail available

Man leaps from mountain to escape anti-gay attackers

Landmark hate crime trial in Kentucky, US, hears how gay man was beaten and subjected to homophobic abuse on a dark, mountain road last April
No thumbnail available

Icelandic MPs and Swedish MEPs call for Manning to get Peace Prize

A group of Icelandic MPs and Swedish Members of the European Parliament have called on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to award its prize for 2013 to Bradley Manning, the gay US soldier that leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks
No thumbnail available

Runaway double gay murderer caught for alleged third killing

A man who went on the run is being held by police over the murder of a pensioner who went to help his neighbor
No thumbnail available

Justice Department implements LGBT inclusive prisoner protections

Obama Administration's new rules against prison rape includes LGBT protections
No thumbnail available

Newlywed Charlie Condou: 'My kids picked out our wedding outfits!'

Speaking to GSN, the former Coronation Street actor also reveals he was struck down with illness on his special day
No thumbnail available

Malaysia denies endorsing guideline on how to spot gay children

Education Ministry says they are just trying to stop schoolchildren from engaging in 'unhealthy activities'
No thumbnail available

Two gay high school athletes attend prom together in West Virginia without incident

Michael Martin and Logan Westrope slow danced to Sam Smith's Stay With Me during charmed evening
No thumbnail available

Sam Smith lost 14 pounds in two weeks

Singer credits celebrity nutritionist for his dramatic weight loss