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Obama Tells Gays to Be Patient

"I know that many in this room don’t believe progress has come fast enough," the president told a group of gays and lesbians yesterday. "And I understand that."

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Obama’s Sly, New — Liberal — Strategy to Undermine Clinton

Obama, the Clintons

Yesterday, Barack Obama released an open letter about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equality, stating that “it’s wrong to have millions of Americans living as second-class citizens in this nation.” Obama is broadly committed to issues of special importance to gays, from advocating benefits for domestic partners of federal employees to supporting equal treatment for same-sex couples under immigration law to fighting HIV infection in prisons. But there’s also a larger context to his opposition to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and his desire to completely repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Obama’s doing a little coming out of his own — as an anti-Clintonian liberal.

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