Newsweek: Obama Is ‘First Gay President’

    A vendor sells badges featuring pictures of US President-elect Barack Obama during a demonstration to condemn the ban of same-sex marriages in Los Angeles on November 15, 2008. The same-sex marriage ban sparked angry protests across the nation with thousands taking to the streets in Los Angeles chanting slogans like "Yes We Can." AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    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.”

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