Obama’s LGBT Record 2013
Updated: June 26, 2013
US Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, dismisses Prop 8.
Scroll to the bottom of the list for the most recent additions.
President Obama is the most pro-gay president in the history of the United States. The accomplishments (still being) racked up for the LGBT community are significant milestones in the history of the progress towards greater equality. It will be very difficult to ever exceed this much support.
I Challenge you to honestly read each and every single one of these accomplishments and declarations and really think about it. Don’t just skim through! Some very important things have changed thanks to President Obama. See for yourself what has been done. The following list of declarations, actions and accomplishments are still happening and have been brought together from the various sources on the internet and from Obama/Biden’s website Progress For LGBT Americans. Remember to check back on this post periodically to get all the latest updates.
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Jan 11 — Obama Endorses Rhode Island Marriage Equality Effort
Jan 21 — Lady Gaga performs at the White House Staff Ball.
Feb 7 — Nominated openly gay Department of Justice attorney Todd Hughes to fill a seat on the Federal Circuit.
Feb 22 — Urges Supreme Court to strike down DOMA.
Feb 28 — Justice Department announces it will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, wading into the protracted legal battle over Proposition 8 and giving gay-rights advocates a new court ally.
Sign the Petition to Thank President Obama for opposing Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court!
Sign the All Out petition to Thank President Obama for filing the Amicus Brief against Proposition 8
Mar 4 — Senate confirms first openly gay Asian-American to the federal bench.
Mar 13 — Comes out against the constitutionality of state bans on gay marriage.
Mar 13 — Beau Biden speaks out in support of Gay Marriage in Delaware. “All Delawareans should be able to marry the person they love, the person who they want to spend their life with. The freedom to marry is the fundamental, defining civil rights issue of our time.”
Mar 18 — Hillary Clinton comes out for gay marriage.
Mar 20 — Nominated openly gay attorney Elaine D. Kaplan, the current general counsel for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, as one of two nominees to become a judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Apr 30 — President Obama called NBA player Jason Collins to express his gratitude for coming out as gay.
May 31 — Presidential Proclamation of June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Pride Month, 2013.
Jun 11 — U.S. Senator Patick Leahy re-introduces immigration amendment to ensure Bi-national same-sex couples receive the same benefits as their straight counterparts.
Jun 13 – White House LGBT Pride Month Reception
Jun 19 — President Obama urges international community to embrace LGBT equality in Berlin speech.
Jun 21 — President Obama nominates two more openly gay men to diplomatic posts.
Jun 21 — United States Congressional Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) announce bill to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans.
Jun 25 — For the first time, a Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, Attended and Celebrated LGBT Pride Month at the Pentagon.
Jun 26 — U.S. Supreme Court strikes down key part of the Defense of Marriage Act and dismisses California Prop 8 case.
President Obama calls Plaintiff of Prop 8 to congratulate them on the air during this interview
Jul 25 — Both Parties in Congress work on a bill that Congressional Representatives Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) with the help of LGBT veterans have crafted that restores veteran benefits and retirement. Additionally the bill hopes to give them the ability to appeal their dishonorable discharge to be changed to honorable discharge and all mention of sexual orientation removed from the record for everyone who has been discharged for the sexual orientation since World War II.
Aug 8 — Pentagon to Offer 10 Days Paid Leave for Gay Service Members to Travel to States Where They Can Marry.
Sep 27 — Judge Mary Jacobson of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled on Friday in favor of marriage equality on the basis that the state’s current system of civil unions precludes gay couples from receiving the federal benefits of marriage.
Oct 21 — New Jersey Governor drops challenge against Gay Marriage ruling. New Jersey becomes 14th state to allow Gay Marriage.
- Cory Booker wins Senate special election in New Jersey
- Cory Booker officiates first Gay Marriages in New Jersey
Huffington Post Live: Cory Booker Officiates Same-Sex Marriage In Newark, NJ
Latest Breaking News: Mayors Officiate As New Jersey Legalizes Gay Marriage