Barack Obama: The First Gay President!

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In the mid-90s, author Toni Morrison famously referred to Bill Clinton as "the first black President" based on his empathy, efforts to foster broad socioeconomic equality and commitment to issues important to African-American community at large.

Newsweek plays off this quote in its new cover story on President Barack Obama.

Following Obama's public support of same-sex marriage, he has been dubbed The First Gay President ... in a manner of speaking of course:

Barack Obama Newsweek Cover

While Obama's statement was groundbreaking and bold, will his "coming out" on behalf of gay marriage even make a different in November’s election?

"If you were going to cast your vote based on a candidate's position regarding same-sex marriage, you were already going to vote for Obama [or] Romney based on that," Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank said on ABC's This Week.

"I literally don't think anybody's vote was changed one way or the other."

In any case, Obama’s end to “evolving” on gay marriage will continue to generate critical comment, and not all of it positive, even from the left.

“His embrace of gay marriage was not a profile in courage,” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote, taking issue with adulation shown toward the President (such as on the cover above) more than anything.

“Even when he does the right thing, by the time he does it and in the way he does it, he drains away excitement and robs himself of the admiration he would otherwise be due ... Why doesn’t he just do the exhilarating thing immediately?"

"Why does he have to be dragged kicking and screaming to principle?”

With Obama's face pictured looking skyward and a rainbow-colored halo above his head, the controversial cover leads to a story written by openly gay writer Andrew Sullivan, a self-described political conservative.

The boundary-pushing May 21 Newsweek issue featuring Obama, available Monday, comes after Time magazine's breastfeeding cover last week, which featured an attractive 26-year-old mother nursing her toddler son.

The cover sparked strong reactions across the world last week and led a Newsweek spokesperson to tell the New York Post that the magazine's editor Tina Brown had viewed the cover as a challenge.

"When Tina saw the Time cover, she laughed and said, 'Let the games begin,'" the spokesperson told the Post.

Game on.

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Newsweekly and time are only interested in sales they could care who they offend

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@ Texas x 3 ... You are obviously under the influence at the moment. You are a embarrassment or maybe you are just a Troll which makes you a waste of life.

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He is only trying too rally support to cover his failures in office. He believes in a socialist agenda, and wishes to turn this country inside out. If he likes Europe so much he should move, and stay out of our lives. As far as the gay vote his record has not helped them anymore than the rest of us.

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I'm so thankful for the Internet, if only to unite people who are fed up with "god" and "jesus" and blah blah crammed down our throat. Sheeple idiots who can't accept science. Atheists are the truthful ones and I appreciate all who made it possible for "coming out of the closet". Oh, and gays...it is NOT NOT NOT my business who anybody loves or marries. Gay people should have the EXACT same civil and legal rights. In all truthfulness, most Hetero men enjoy anal in the bedroom anyway. They're only 10 shots of tequila from being gay.

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Yes, this is a big issue in the headline, that the first black president would agree to such sinful act for votes and in the end when it all said and done, we still would have gotten the votes if he hadn't, well its something he would have to give an answer to he stand before God, he still have my vote, if he didn't accepted it, mitt would, its just he gotto it before him, mtt, you know you wouldn't excepted too. You can't say what you'll never do if pressure is put on you unless you have a sstrong firm foundation in God and his word.

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Obama needs to grow some balls and just come out on his own. I could really care less if he's gay or straight. It's just the matter that he can't grow some and tell the truth. Yeah expecting a politician to tell the truth is kind of far fetched I know.

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This is so WRONG! was'nt tere two Cities that did this before?

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This is BOGUS!! Two people of the same-sex should NOT get married! Can't believe Obama would support this ish! SMH

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So stupid. There is no god. Or a fairy in the sky or a santa claus or easter bunny - boohoo. Go to Iran if you wnat to live in a religious state!!!

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Regardless if we are homosexuals or not homosexuality is a vice not a virtue! Just like alcoholism is a vice, we should not applaud them.We succumb to are vices from a byproduct ingredient call human frailty.