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In Palm Springs, a special sadness in the LGBT community for the Obama era's end

In Palm Springs, a special sadness in the LGBT community for the Obama era's end

For Joe Hooper, it was a moment of glee accompanied by grief. Eight years ago, Hooper, the head pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living Palm Desert, cast a ballot for Barack Obama, proud to support a man he believed represented the best of America — diversity, inclusion, progress and change.

But as the nation elected Obama, Californians also voted to pass Proposition 8, which barred same-sex couples from marrying.

“It was difficult.… It was a celebration for Obama, but also a reality check that the fight continues,” Hooper recalled. “The president has mostly been right there in the fight.”

That fight often ended in success, and Hooper’s life now is...

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