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Wed 16 May, 2012
By Robert Ingham

We have never gone wrong when we’ve extended rights and responsibilities to everybody

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Prop 8 to be made into a film

Seeking to overcome a broadcast blackout imposed by the US Supreme Court, a pair of Los Angeles filmmakers have undertaken the task of faithfully recreating the federal trial on California’s same-sex marriage ban for the internet – all 60-plus hours of it; every “um,” “yes, your honour” and “objection!”

OBAMA says : Same sex marriages will strengthen families

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President Barack Obama has continued to speak in favour of gay marriage arguing the introduction of same-sex marriage will strengthen families.

Last week Obama made one of the most historic announcement in the recent history of gay rights – the American president came out in support of gay marriage. Obama is the first serving President in American history to openly and publicly announce his support for same-sex marriage. The President’s declaration of support for marriage equality came after he faced pressure to clarify his position on the issue following Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s public pledges of support.

A week later and Obama is standing firm on his support for gay marriage despite criticism from more conservative quarters. During an fund-raising event at which the President spoke, introduced by openly gay singer Ricky Martin, Obama argued that all people are “equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect”.

The President also argued “I want everyone treated fairly in this country. We have never gone wrong when we’ve extended rights and responsibilities to everybody. That doesn’t weaken families; that strengthens families.”

Meanwhile the number of celebrities supporting gay marriage and Obama continues to rise. Last week Hollywood stars took to Twitter to back Obama and amongst them were Jane Lynch, Cyndi Lauper and Mia Farrow. The legendary Betty White also quickly endorsed Obama for re-election. This week Will Smith and rapper Jay-Z have also announced their support for gay marriage.

Source: ATV Today

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