Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.
President Joe Biden signs the Respect for Marriage Act as Vice President Kamala Harris, openly-lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin, openly-lesbian U.S.
Rep. Sharice Davids, First Lady Jill Biden, former senator Diane Feinstein and others look on. (Screen cap from White House’s live video stream of the event) Signing the bill enshrines the president as a champion for equality DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writertaffet@dallasvoice.com When he was vice president, Joe Biden famously came out in favor of same-sex marriage before President Barack Obama.
And Biden’s son Beau helped pass Delaware’s law legalizing same-sex marriage. Delaware state Sen. Sarah McBride suggested the president’s continued support of marriage equality has been a way for him to carry on his son’s legacy.
That commitment to marriage equality culminated Tuesday, Dec. 13, in a signing ceremony at the White House to enshrine the Respect for Marriage Act into law.