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Source: SFgate

(06-30) 04:00 PDT Washington

Countering criticism that he’s done little on gay rights, President Obama commemorated the 40th anniversary of the birth of the modern movement by welcoming its leaders to the White House on Monday and reaffirming his commitment to their top priorities.

“I want you to know: You have our support,” Obama told members of the core Democratic constituency as he and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a cocktail-and-appetizer reception in the East Room for Gay Pride Month. It’s been four decades since the police raid on New York City’s gay Stonewall Inn that spurred gay rights activism across the country.

Obama added that, as activists work to change minds and laws, “I will not only be your friend, I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/30/MN2C18FS7H.DTL&type=gaylesbian#ixzz0OyYpHSDK

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August 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm