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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Kisa Heart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH....you said everything that needs to be said. and i'll just add: that marriage is about LOVE

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@comon sense: why is a str8 man thinkning about gay sex? str8 women dont thik bout lesbian sex! str8 women neever attack me but fake str8 men attack opnly gay men. you are a fake str8 man.

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The people that are against gay marriage are biggest closet homosexuals around. How does it hurt you if two gay people get married? Unless, you want all gay people to be single?

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@commonsense: Well, if your problem is with anal sex then you may have to a annul (haaha) my marriage too. You must have the dullest sex life on the planet. So how do bible thumpers feel about oral sex? Just curious.

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I'm appalled at all the comments on here implying that the only reason two people get together is to have a baby. If you can't have a baby with the person you're with, then it's wrong to be with them. What century do you people live in?? This isn't the 1800s! Since when is love solely about making babies? What about the straight couples that don't want kids? Are they wrong too for not having kids? Your arguments are completely invalid. I pray for a world where everyone is accepted equally no matter what their race, gender, or sexual orientation.

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If there were complete and utter acceptance of peoples choice to live their lives the way they want to, the world would be a better place. If you find being gay 'unnatural' then don't talk. And if this God guy says no, then just remember marriage can be secular too.

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Ill accept gay marriage when two men or two women can reproduce together and please am don't insult me with adoption.
It's unnatural. Penis in ass sorry people just doesn't work according to nature.

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People try really hard to dispute social issues, I'm glad Obama stands up for minority rights. It's sad to see that weak parents that watch Fox News all day have a hard time telling their naive little kids that there is a possibility that two men or women can be attracted to each other. People aren't always going to live in your favor. Isn't it your own fault that you don't have real-life coping issues to deal with it?

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@randy.., r u saying just because some people are a minority their rights don't matter as much as others? in my view, if the president bothers to take a stand for minority rights it's basically a good thing. i'm sure he is aware of other, "heavier" issues, it's not like they cancel each other out.

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I don't mind gay people getting hitched (just don't use the Bible when doing so because that just doesn't make any sense).
My problem is that why is gay marriage such a big issue and why is it getting so much exposure? The gay population in America makes up around 3% of the total population yet this gay marriage issue seems to be the most important thing in the world.
To put it in perspective, there are twice the amount of Asian-Americans in America than there are gay people yet there are zero issues debating on how to help Asian-Americans. It just shows the amount of spotlight that Hollywood can generate. Being that Hollywood makes up 6% of the entire gay population that means that they get a literal megaphone to scream for their cause. Again, I don't care if they get married as it might help with sexually transmitted diseases. However, I think the the country has its priorities all screwed up focusing soley on a demographic that is so small.