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Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama: The First Gay President

posted on May 14, 2012

In Newsweek’s latest cover story, Andrew Sullivan tackles Obama’s same-sex marriage decision, arguing that Obama’s experience as a biracial man growing up in a white family mirrors that of many in the LGBT community. Sullivan also writes of his own reaction to Obama’s announcement: “But I didn’t expect it. Like many others, I braced myself for disappointment. And yet when I watched the interview, the tears came flooding down. … To have the president of the United States affirm my humanity—and the humanity of all gay Americans—was, unexpectedly, a watershed. He shifted the mainstream in one interview.”

Read at Newsweek