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Obama Promises to Push On Gay Rights Issues

Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 07:36 PM

President Barack Obama is promising gay rights activists he'll keep pushing for action on their priorities including benefits for same-sex partners and repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

At an event in the White House East Room in honor of gay pride month, Obama told activists Tuesday that he's delivered on promises including passage of anti-hate crimes legislation. But, the president said, "We've got a lot of hard work we've still got to do."

He said he'd keep his promise to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," an area where gay activists are pushing the president to move faster.

Obama also said that the Health and Human Services Department would be moving to get hospitals to allow visitation rights for same-sex couples.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is promising gay rights activists he'll keep pushing for action on their priorities including benefits for same-sex partners and repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

At an event in the White House East Room in honor of gay pride month, Obama told activists Tuesday that he's delivered on promises including passage of anti-hate crimes legislation. But, the president said, "We've got a lot of hard work we've still got to do."

He said he'd keep his promise to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," an area where gay activists are pushing the president to move faster.

Obama also said that the Health and Human Services Department would be moving to get hospitals to allow visitation rights for same-sex couples.

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