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President Obama denounces homophobia, ‘transphobia’

Catholic World News - May 23, 2014

President Barack Obama has issued a statement commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

“We recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination -- no matter who they are or whom they love,” he said as he affirmed “our commitment to ensuring that the human rights of all people are universally protected.”

“At a time when, tragically, we are seeing increased efforts to criminalize or oppress LGBT persons, we call on partners everywhere to join us in defending the equal rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters, and in ensuring they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” he concluded.

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  • Posted by: skall391825 - May. 24, 2014 3:04 AM ET USA

    I am suffering from my own brand of Transphobia: The hatred, disapproval, or fear of transforming a free Republic and it's institutions (especially religious educational institution) based on Judeo/Christian values into a peoples' democracy with affiliated institutions (see Georgetown and Notre Dame) based on anti-Judeo/Christian values.

  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - May. 23, 2014 5:48 PM ET USA

    Don't criminalize or oppress is fine but we also should not cater to them as well. The LGBT persons take that to mean anything goes and if you do not agree then you are punished. Time to wake up.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 23, 2014 1:08 PM ET USA

    And the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican had something about this on their website too. I can't even imagine doing something so insulting to the Church!

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 23, 2014 9:08 AM ET USA

    If this failed president would spend more time actually governing than he does raising money and inventing ridiculous neologisms, perhaps our national debt would not be rising like a rocket while our international prestige is falling like a rock. Come to think of it, though, perhaps it's best he idle his time away with these non-executive pursuits. Every time he actually applies himself, we all seem to end up worse off than before.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 23, 2014 8:43 AM ET USA

    I wonder if the president is planning to institute Catholic-phobia and religion-phobia days. Or naybe the strong arm of the present government works in only one direction.

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