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Seattle, L.A. Hail the Conquering Obama

By Karen Ocamb
News Editor

The day after his historic announcement supporting marriage equality, President Obama headed to the West Coast for a big bucks re-election fundraising blitz. The George Clooney/Jeffrey Katzenberg event in Studio City raised $15 million, according to Katzenberg. During his remarks to the Hollywood crowd, Obama said of his historic announcement: “The truth is it was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be.(See the White House transcript of Obama’s remarks below)

His first stop was Seattle, Wash., where he disembarked with Sen. Patty Murray, head of Senate Dems campaign committee, and was greeted by, among others, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire who signed the state’s marriage equality bill on Feb. 13, 2012.

Opponents of marriage equality are collecting signatures for Referendum 74 to repeal the marriage law on the ballot (see Washington United for Marriage for more), but local gays think Obama’s support will help them. “When you have the president of the United States come out in favor of your issue, it’s hard not to be energized,” openly gay state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, told the Columbian.

As he traveled to his first gig, his motorcade passed well-wishers, “including a woman sitting in the grass holding a hooded infant and a bright yellow sign with black-lettered sign: "Thank You, Mr. President for standing up for my Mommys," according to the pool report.

For more coverage, including a transcript of President Obama's comments at the Clooney event, click over to LGBT POV. 

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