Barack H. Obama
is the 44th President of the United States.
President Barack Obama called for equal rights for gay couples
Obama was halfway through his nearly 25-minute remarks before he got to the subject of gay rights.
"Ever since I had a memory about what my mother taught me, and my grandparents taught me, I believed that discriminating against people was wrong," he said.
"I had no choice, I was born that way," he said, to appreciative laughter at his lifting a line from a song by Lady Gaga. "In Hawaii," he added, to more laughter.