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President Obama on Jason Collins coming out: “I couldn’t be prouder”

Posted: 7:56 PM, Apr 30, 2013
Updated: 2013-04-30 19:56:23-04

(CNN) — President Barack Obama told reporters Tuesday that he’s proud of Jason Collins, the NBA center who came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated column this week.

Obama said he has talked to Collins.

“He seemed like a terrific young man. I told him I couldn’t be prouder of him,” Obama said.

“One of the extraordinary measures of progress we have seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality — not just partial equality, not just tolerance, but a recognition that they’re fully a part of the American family.”