Obama includes gays and lesbians in commencement address in Atlanta, Georgia

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President Obama delivered an all-inclusive commencement address to the all-male student body of Morehouse College on May 19 in Atlanta, Georgia, telling them to be good husbands to their future partners. 

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“Be the best husband you can be to your wife, or your boyfriend, or your partner,” Obama said.

Morehouse is a historically all African American student body. Obama highlighted the fact, drawing parallels between marginalized communities. 

“As Morehouse Men, many of you know what it’s like to be an outsider; know what it’s like to be marginalized; know what it’s like to feel the sting of discrimination,” he said.

He went on to connect other minorities who faced discrimination. 

“Hispanic Americans know that feeling when somebody asks them where they come from or tell them to go back. Gay and lesbian Americans feel it when a stranger passes judgment on their parenting skills or the love that they share. Muslim Americans feel it when they’re stared at with suspicion because of their faith. Any woman who knows the injustice of earning less pay for doing the same work – she knows what it’s like to be on the outside looking in.”

He followed up these observations by saying that such adversities can provide important insights, and can inspire social change. 

“Your experiences give you special insight that today’s leaders need. If you tap into that experience, it should endow you with empathy — the understanding of what it’s like to walk in somebody else’s shoes…” 

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