POSTED BY Aaryan Salman ON Jun 29, 2015 AT 20:11 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 29, 2015 20:11 IST

The legalisation of gay marriage in the USA has drawn global attention to the World's "Champion of Liberties". While it is time to rejoice, see what Obama told the world under the Shadow Of Lady Liberty over the years.

In 1996, the then Illinois Senator Barack Obama in a questionnaire said: 

"I favor legalising same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages."

In 1998, in another questionnaire he responded mentioning "undecided" when asked if Illinois should recognise same-sex marriages

In 2004, as a Senate candidate he said he "wasn't a supporter of gay marriage"

"I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue. I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. ..."

In 2008, President Obama opposed gay marriage calling marriage a ‘union between a man and a woman'

"I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix."

In 2010, the President said that he doesn't support same-sex marriage but his feelings are "constantly evolving" on the issue.

And this is what the President had to say after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage.

"It's a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years and even decades working and praying for change to come,"

"I know a change for many of our LGBT brothers and sisters must have seemed so slow for so long,"


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POSTED BY Aaryan Salman ON Jun 29, 2015 AT 20:11 IST, Edited At: Jun 29, 2015 20:11 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 06, 2015 AT 00:12 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 06, 2015 00:12 IST

Few days after US President Barack Obama made a strong pitch for religious tolerance in India in his farewell speech at the Siri Fort, he invoked India and Gandhi again in his speech at the White House, at National Prayer Breakfast.

He said:

Michelle and I returned from India -- an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity -- but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs -- acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation.

The focal point of his speech was crimes in the name of religion.

He also mentioned the Peshawar school massacre, Charlie Hebdo killings, brutality of the ISIL, and also talked about the history of slavery in his own country.

In special reference to the Dalai Lama, Obama praised him for spreading the message of love.

See the full speech here.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 06, 2015 AT 00:12 IST, Edited At: Feb 06, 2015 00:12 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON May 04, 2014 AT 19:43 IST ,  Edited At: May 04, 2014 19:43 IST

US President Barack Obama was in fine form at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, packed with more than 2,000 guests in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton to mark the association's 100th year.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON May 04, 2014 AT 19:43 IST, Edited At: May 04, 2014 19:43 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 11, 2014 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 11, 2014 23:59 IST

The man whom many already proclaim as the Future Prime Minister of India refuses to take any questions.

The man who once famously said that he could be prime minister at 25 is also refusing to take questions — at least anymore.

But the man who is the President of the United States (POTUS) seems to be more than willing to take all sorts of questions.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 11, 2014 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Mar 11, 2014 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 13, 2013 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 13, 2013 23:59 IST

First came news that the man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service at FNB Stadium near Johannesburg soccer stadium on December 10 was a “fake” who made up his own "non-sensical" hand gestures.

The fake hand gestures were first spotted by Braam Jordaan, a deaf South African and board member of the World Deaf Federation.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 13, 2013 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Dec 13, 2013 23:59 IST
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