“When I am President of the United States, gays and lesbians will have somebody who will fight for equal rights for them; somebody who opposes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’; somebody who has fought to make sure that gays and lesbians aren’t discriminated against on the job or hospital visitation, because they are our brothers and they are our sisters.” — Barack Obama, November 16th, 2007
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 As President he repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr.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.
Watch and share today’s video on how President Obama has followed through on his promise to the LGBT community.