Milwaukee LGBT: Newsweek's 'first gay president' a tribute to Obama's work for LGBT

CREATED May 14, 2012 - UPDATED: May 14, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- The co-president of Milwaukee's LGBT Community Center believes the recent Newsweek article, calling President Obama 'The First Gay President,' has a headline to sell magazines, but believes the substance of the article is a tribute to the president's work for LGBT.

Jennifer Morales, co-president of Milwaukee's LGBT Community Center, told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News that the article hits on several key points that led up to President Obama making public his support for same-sex marriage.

The president's announcement came under scrutiny for its timing, with the presidential election coming up in November, but according to Morales, "The president has been right to listen respectfully to the American public and to try and figure out where our community evolution is going...I do believe it reflects his core principles of wanting everyone American to be treated equally and fairly."

Morales thinks the headline and article could be a negative for President Obama.  "I was concerned that it might reflect badly on President Obama because there is still alot of bias against LGBT people," said Morales.  "To have him titled as 'the first gay president' in quick reflex could be taken badly."

When President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage on May 9, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center released a statement:

"President Barack Obama's announcement this afternoon of his support for marriage equality for all committed adult couples, regardless of gender, represents a historic moment in our nation's long journey toward our shared vision of equal treatment of all people.

"Like the majority of Americans, President Obama's evolving stance on gay marriage is the result of a careful and thoughtful recognition that committed, loving relationships among LGBT couples deserve equal legal status.

"A key part of the Milwaukee's LGBT Community Center's mission is the improvement of the lives of LGBT people through advocacy of a safer, more inclusive environment. Legal recognition of our relationships contributes to the well-being of LGBT families by improving financial stability and equalizing access to health care and other employee benefits, including legal protections during difficult times, such as death of a spouse. Recognition also helps alleviate some of the feelings of isolation and discrimination caused by unequal treatment of families.

"The Center serves people of all ages, including youth ages 12-24 in our Project Q program. We believe that the President's message today is especially hopeful for those LGBTQ young people. He has made a bold statement that each of them has a right to have their loving, committed relationship legally recognized and we look forward to seeing that statement translated into law."