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rights in an inaugural speech. His vision, he said, was a country in which
our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.
During his tenure, Obama championed marriage equality, regulated against
LGBTQ-based employment discrimination, investigated and addressed
incidences of bias in federal housing, erected significant protections for
gay and transgender students, and in general attempted to remove a range
of barriers to full equality.
Early in his campaign, President Donald Trump was described by some as
the most gay friendly Republican to serve as president. In the past, he
had supported marriage equality and had even publicly opposed North
Carolinas so-called bathroom bill. He also recently announced that the
federal government will maintain an executive order signed by President
Obama that prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ federal workers. But,
his authority over LGBTQ rights extends far beyond executive orders and it
remains to be seen whether lesbian, gay and transgender individuals are
included in his idea of a great America.
President Trump now supports North Carolinas law and has promised to sign
legislation that permits individuals and organizations to refuse service
to gays or lesbians. He has appointed an Attorney General, Jeff Sessions,
who publicly supported this policy in his recent nomination hearings. And
President Trump asked Robert Jeffressa pastor whose recent book Countdown
to the Apocalypse blames the countrys downfall on the redefinition of
marriage and describes homosexuality as perverseto deliver his
inaugural sermon. Under Trump, the gay community faces a very uncertain
Filthy degenerates need to die.
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Sunday, June 27, 2004
Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate
Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over
the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of
the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.
The allegations that horrified fellow Republicans and caused his once-
promising candidacy to implode in four short days have given Obama a clear
lead as Republicans struggled to fetch an alternative.
Ryans campaign began to crumble on Monday following the release of
embarrassing records from his divorce. In the records, his ex-wife, Boston
Public actress Jeri Ryan, said her former husband took her to kinky sex
clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans.
"Its clear to me that a vigorous debate on the issues most likely could
not take place if I remain in the race," Ryan, 44, said in a statement.
"What would take place, rather, is a brutal, scorched-earth campaign the
kind of campaign that has turned off so many voters, the kind of politics
I refuse to play."
Although Ryan disputed the allegations, saying he and his wife went to one
avant-garde club in Paris and left because they felt uncomfortable,
lashed out at the media and said it was "truly outrageous" that the
Chicago Tribune got a judge to unseal the records.
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will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the
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