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Barack Obama – bona fide gay icon?

More younger gay men are saying 'I do' to Obama and marriage equality...

Jack'd – oh, you've heard of it, one of the fastest growing apps in the world among gay men – have revealed that more than half of gay men foresee marriage equality in every state in the next ten years.

Ahead of the second anniversary of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage (9 May), Jack'd surveyed its users on their thoughts on marriage, relationships and even Barack himself.

The results revealed that only 11% of those surveyed believed same-sex marriage would never be legal in every state, with 86% saying they already live in a state where marriage is legal, or one where they foresee the legalisation coming into play.

Users also made their thoughts known on the President, with 81% saying that they're happy Obama has drawn comparisons between gay rights and the civil rights movement, while 71% say they think Obama is doing some outstanding work towards the advancement of gay rights.

Although, that doesn't mean there still isn't work to be done, Mr President, with 58% of Jack'd users saying that things are moving in the right direction, but just not quick enough.

They survey also identified two African-American men, Kyle and William, aged 22 and 26 respectively, who say they're happy with the changing climate of gay rights in America.

William said: "We're excited to live in a country where our President is supportive of same-sex marriage. We met through Jack’d two years ago and are planning on getting married one day. As young, gay black men it means a lot to us that we have our President’s support.”

Further findings from the survey highlighted that gay men in America are open to finding love on gay apps like Jack’d. 29% of respondents had already met a boyfriend through Jack’d and 86% said they would consider marrying someone they met on the app.

President Obama was quoted just last week saying “One of the extraordinary measures of progress that we’ve seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality, not just partial equality”

And we couldn't have said it better ourselves. World leaders can no longer endure the sense of half equality, one is simple equal or not. And by the looks of things we're closer then ever before.

Last year, the US Senate approved legislation, 64-32, that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. However, as well as marriage equality, Jack’d users rated employment discrimination as a top issue needing to be addressed.

As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day and with the extensive use of technology and apps designed to bring us together society is being more accepting of all human beings.

Words Alex Mansfield

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