Gay Rights Activists Rally, Obama Promises Action

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On Sunday afternoon, gay activists across the country from California to the nation's capital, marched to end what they see as discrimination.

They made their voices heard loud and clear all the way to the front steps of the White House.

"I'm here with a simple message," President Obama said in a Saturday night speech to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights group. "I'm here with you in that fight."

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Over the weekend at a dinner hosted by the HRC, President Obama repeated his campaign pledge to allow gays to serve openly in the military.

"I will end 'Don't ask, don't tell,'" he said to applause. "That's my commitment to you."

The call was echoed by the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I think it has to be done in the right way," said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., committee chairman. "Which is to get a buy-in from the military, which I think is now possible."

However, some advocates are growing increasingly critical that the president is not moving fast enough on gay rights. They want a timeline and more evidence that that he will make good on his word.

"He says all the right things but it's time for him to put his money where his mouth is," actress Cynthia Nixon said.

One participant of the march said he has a goal in protesting.

"We have to put pressure on Obama, the Congress and even the court in order for us to achieve equality," he said.

Tens of thousands flocked to Washington in a march to demand equality.

"The same civil rights that any heterosexual, we hope to have as well," another participant said.

President Obama thanked the crowd for its support and told them expect to see changes in the future.

"I also appreciate that many of you don't believe that progress has come fast enough," he said. "But I will say this. We have made progress and we will make more."

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