US gay magazine endorses Barack Obama
‘The Advocate’ says Barack Obama is “a symbol of the promise of America, of the promise of equality".
Washington: A US gay magazine has endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election, marking its first endorsement in decades.
The magazine ‘The Advocate’ claimed Obama is “a symbol of the promise of America, of the promise of equality and may be the most prominent man on the planet ever.”
“Given the pervasiveness of modern media and his [Obama’s] anomalous and historic nature as the first black American president; he is surely the single most recognisable head of state on the globe. By virtue of his unique position, his endorsement of marriage equality is not merely rhetoric,” Politico quoted the magazine, as writing.
“His words constitute action. On the very face of it, his statement is enormous, and has the power to move millions in a way that a statement from no other person could have,” it added.
Earlier, Obama had formally endorsed legalising gay marriage across the US and said that his stance on the issue was influenced because of his daughters, Sasha and Malia, who would be perplexed at the notion that the same-sex parents of friends “would be treated differently”.
The magazine claimed Obama “is not a far-left leader, while his policies are moderate and only appear particularly progressive in contrast with the policies of his predecessor.”
“His policies are moderate and only appear particularly progressive in contrast with the policies of his predecessor, policies that pandered to the worst instincts of the ultraconservative wing of the GOP, and were evidenced by 13 state constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in 2004,” the magazine said.
“Obama’s newly declared position on marriage equality is not an extreme view, and it is consistent with the view of the majority of Americans, who believe that same-sex couples should have the right to marry,” it added.