Saturday, June 30, 2012

Obama and equality for LGBT Americans

This official video from the Obama-Biden campaign, “Keeping His Word: Equality for LGBT Americans”, briefly highlights what President Obama has achieved toward equality for GLBT Americans. The YouTube description spells it out:
Four years ago Barack Obama promised to stand with the LGBT community. As President he repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law, appointed more LGBT people to his executive branch than all of his predecessors combined, expanded hospital visitation rights for same-sex partners, directed the Justice Department not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and affirmed his personal support for marriage equality.
It’s a pretty impressive list, accomplished, it must be noted, with the help of Democrats in Congress. None of it would have happened if McCain had won, and Republicans, including their presumptive presidential nominee, take the opposite position on all these issues. Which means that if President Obama is not re-elected, we could go backwards on some or all of these issues.

I’m posting this video because it’s a good and positive way to end Lesbian and Gay Pride Month for 2012.

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