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President Barack Obama Speaks At LGBT Gala Fundraising

President Barack Obama met with celebrities and supporters at the LGBT gala Fundraising last night in New York City. During his speech the president said:

“I believe that gay couples deserve the same rights as every couple in this country,”

The Associated Press reports:

President Barack Obama turned to the bright lights of Broadway and celebrity backers Thursday night to raise money for his re-election bid.

The presidential motorcade crisscrossed Manhattan as Obama worked his way through three events that raised money for the Democratic Party and his 2012 campaign. Key Obama fundraisers have been asked to raise $60 million for that effort by the end of June.

The fundraisers included an event on the Broadway stage, where Obama was to speak to supporters who bought tickets, starting at $100, to watch a performance of the musical “Sister Act.”…

…At a fundraiser for gays and lesbians, Obama was championed by actors Neil Patrick Harris of the television show “How I Met Your Mother” and Jane Lynch of “Glee.” Later, Obama planned to duck into the Broadway Theater for the end of “Sister Act” so he could speak to donors. Actress Whoopi Goldberg, one of the show’s producers, was to be at the event.

The Huffington Post adds:

President Barack Obama did not reverse course and endorse the right of gay couples to marry during a high-profile LGBT fundraising event Thursday night.

He expressed support for the idea that the state of New York should have the power to codify marriage for same-sex couples. But he did not personally endorse the pending New York bill — which is nearing passage in the statehouse — or same-sex marriage itself.

CNN reports about the protest held by GLBT groups outside the event:

But outside, protesters from three other LGBT organizations are expected to chastise the president for not supporting the legalization of same sex marriage which is set to could come to a vote in?the?New York State legislature as early as this week.

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Protest for equality outside Obama fundraiser, NYC