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Newsweek: Obama Is ‘First Gay President’

We’ve seen history made, writes Andrew Sullivan in Newsweek. When President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, he made his years of “evolution” look much more like a sort of patient intelligent design—and now he’s positioned himself to make once-unthinkable strides toward true equality for gay Americans. The immediate, or even long-term, consequences of Obama’s personal position are “impossible to judge,” Sullivan writes, but it seems clear that the president landed on the side of gay-marriage rights at least in part because of his own quest for an identity. “Barack Obama had to come out of a different closet,” Sullivan writes. “He had to discover his black identity ... just as gays discover their homosexual identity.”

May 14, 2012 11:37 AM