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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:44 AM

In Africa, Obama lauds democracy but urges progress on gay rights

Source: Reuters

In Africa, Obama lauds democracy but urges progress on gay rights

By Jeff Mason and Daniel Flynn
DAKAR | Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:13am EDT

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama, kicking off a long-awaited African tour, lauded a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage as a victory for democracy and urged African nations to end discrimination against homosexuals.

In only his second visit to Africa since taking office, Obama hailed the advance of democracy there and said he was looking at ways to extend the AGOA free trade agreement, due to expire in 2015, to create more jobs on the world's poorest continent.

"I see this a moment of great promise for the continent," Obama told a news conference in Senegal's capital Dakar. "All too often the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making, including progress in strengthening democracy."

Flanked by Senegal's President Macky Sall, Obama said the treatment of lesbians and gays in Africa remained "controversial". Homosexuality is illegal in Muslim Senegal.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/27/us-obama-africa-idUSBRE95Q0U920130627

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Bluenorthwest Jun 2013 #1

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:00 PM

1. LGBT people are expected to endure all of this hateful verbiage from folks standing next


to the President and all sorts of others. The double standard is getting boring.

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