President Obama is used to making history. He’s the first Black President of the United States, the first African-American to be elected president of the Harvard Law Review, the first POTUS to pass comprehensive health care reform, the first president to visit a federal prison while in office, the first president to travel to Kenya and Ethiopia, and now he’s the first sitting president to photographed for the cover of a LGBT magazine.
— Out Magazine (@outmagazine) November 10, 2015
The president’s latest first is courtesy of Out Magazine, which named President Obama its Ally of the Year because of his advocacy on LGBT issues.
“The 44th President of the United States is our Ally of the Year—a president who came to office on a wave of euphoria, appeared to lose momentum halfway through, and has since rallied, helping us secure marriage equality, among other landmark initiatives that are transforming our place in America,” Out’s editors wrote.
In an interview with the magazine, Mr. Obama said he believes attitudes toward the LGBT community are shifting, especially for the younger generation.
“To Malia and Sasha and their friends, discrimination in any form against anyone doesn’t make sense,” the president said. “It doesn’t dawn on them that friends who are gay or friends’ parents who are same-sex couples should be treated differently than anyone else. That’s powerful.”
While the push for marriage equality and LGBT rights remains controversial for some, particularly those in the religion community, President Obama says we should all adhere to the law.
“I am a man of faith and believe deeply in religious freedom, but at the end of the day, nobody is above the rule of law — especially someone who voluntarily takes an oath to uphold that law,” he said. “That’s something we’ve got to respect.”
Read President Obama’s entire interview with Out on the magazine’s website.