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Obama: Commander in Chief Must Support Gay Troops

by Julie Pace
Sunday Oct 2, 2011

President Barack Obama says anyone running for president must support the entire U.S. military, including gay service members.

Obama's comments targeted Republican presidential candidates. He says they should not have allowed a crowd to boo a gay service member who asked a videotaped question in a debate last month.

Obama spoke Saturday at the annual dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, a major gay rights organization.

The president heralded his administration's work on gay issues, including repealing the military's ban on openly homosexual service members. But he says there is more work to be done in ensuring gay Americans are not discriminated against.

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