Newsweek calls Obama first ‘gay’ president

Newsweek cover story hails President Obama as the first 'gay' president

Newsweek calls Obama first ‘gay’ president
13 May 2012

Last weekend, gay activists and intellectuals in the US were wondering if President Barack Obama deserved the LGBT vote. Today? He’s being called the first ‘gay’ president.

Blogger Andrew Sullivan’s 21 May  cover story is getting early buzz before it’s published. Politico.com was sent an early preview of the essay:

‘When you step back a little and assess the record of Obama on gay rights, you see, in fact, that this was not an aberration. It was an inevitable culmination of three years of work,’ the blogger writes.

Last weekend, on the news show "Meet the Press,’ Vice President Joe Biden seemed to offer support for gay marriage equality.

‘I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction– beyond that,’  Biden said, as reported by Buzz Feed.

The vice president, who is known for being garrulous, put the White House on defense. Obama quickly regrouped by sitting down with Robin Roberts of ABC News and coming out for marriage rights.

While it’s too early to say how the president’s new stance will impact the November election, one thing is clear: gay political donors are pleased. Greg Sargent, reporting for the Washington Post, noted that Jonathan Lewis, an important gay philanthropist and fundraiser, ‘maxed out to the Obama campaign within hours of his announcement.’

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