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Obama calls anti-gay ballot measures in Maine and Washington "divisive and discriminatory"

AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Obama calls anti-gay ballot measures in Maine and Washington "divisive and discriminatory":
"The White House said today that President Obama is opposed to the anti-gay referenda in Maine and Washington state, calling them 'divisive and discriminatory measures.' Kerry Eleveld of the Advocate reports:

In response to an inquiry from The Advocate, the White House issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s position on anti-gay voter referenda in Maine and Washington.

“The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples, and as he said at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, he believes ‘strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away.’ Also at the dinner, he said he supports, ‘ensuring that committed gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country.’'

That's a strong statement from our President about the discrimination and divisiveness being pushed by anti-gay forces in Maine and Washington state. It should help a lot. Kudos to the White House on this one."

GREAT development!

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