The President's Accomplishments for LGBT Americans

How President Obama is Fighting for the LGBT Community


President Obama has supported the LGBT community more than any other president in history. We should support him now and vote for his reelection Nov. 6. If you live in Michigan please use www.mivoterguide.com this you can print and take to the polls or locate this guide on your smartphone election day.

Marriage Equality

Affirmed his personal support for same-sex marriage

Opposed the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act, a legislative effort to repeal DOMA

Education and Youth

Hosted the first-ever White House conference on bullying in schools to provide information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators, and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying

Created the Inter-Agency Task Force on Bullying to tackle bullying in our schools, including bullying of LGBT youth

Recorded an "It Gets Better" video in support of LGBT youth facing bullying at school

Health Care

Signed the Affordable Care Act into law, expanding access to health care and critical preventive services

Extended hospital visitation and medical decision-making rights to LGBT patients and their partners

Awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to Janice Langbehn, a lesbian mother and activist whose story paved the way for the extending hospital visitation rights

Affirmed the administration's commitment to creating an AIDS-free generation

Included specific data on health needs of lesbian and bisexual women in the Health Resources and Services Administration's "Women's Health USA 2011" report for the first time

Promoted equal access to quality health care by enabling searches for health plans with same-sex partner benefits on Healthcare.gov

Included proposals to improve LGBT Americans' access to health care and provisions to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS in the administration's 2013 federal budget proposal

Created a National Resource Center for LGBT seniors and awarded a grant to SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders), supporting the first community center for LGBT seniors

Jobs and the Economy

The administration worked to protect federal LGBT employees from workplace discrimination by adopting an equal-opportunity employment policy that includes both sexual orientation and gender identity

Ordered the federal government to extend key benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees

Clarified the Family and Medical Leave Act to ensure family leave for LGBT employees who need to care for their children.

Set a precedent in hiring LGBT employees by appointing more openly LGBT administration officials than any other president in U.S. history

Continues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Trans Equality

Ended the Social Security Administration's gender "no-match" letters and ensured that transgender Americans can receive passports that accurately reflect their gender identity

Established guidelines to help protect transgender federal employees from discrimination in the workplace

Established policy regarding the respectful delivery of health care to transgender veterans

Housing

Announced HUD's new rule protecting against housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

Released America's first comprehensive plan to prevent homelessness, including homelessness among LGBT youth

Awarded a grant to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Community Center to work with LGBT foster youth

National Security

Ended "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" so gay and lesbian Americans can serve the country they love without hiding who they are

Permitted military chaplains to officiate same-sex marriages where legal

International and LGBT Citizens Abroad

Ended the ban that prohibited people with HIV/AIDS from entering the United States

Created the first-ever U.S. government strategy dedicated to combating human rights abuses against LGBT persons abroad

Made it clear the United States will use all the tools of American diplomacy to promote LGBT rights abroad

Fought for the rights of LGBT persons worldwide by co-sponsoring the first UN resolution focused solely on LGBT rights

Directed agencies working abroad to combat the criminalization of LGBT status

Directed the Departments of State and Homeland Security to ensure LGBT refugees and asylum-seekers have equal access to protection and assistance

Prevented the removal of sexual orientation from a United Nations resolution condemning extrajudicial killings

Implemented a U.S. Agency for International Development policy to encourage contractors to implement and enforce non-discrimination policies for sexual orientation and gender identity

MI Marriage Trial

Michigan Same Sex Couples Demand Respect And Equal Treatment

Michigan Leaders React To Feds Recognition Of Marriages

MI Marriage: Schuette Asks For Full Appeals Court Review

The Stay Delayed Allows 315 Couples To Wed In State

Gay Marriage Defines Schuette's Reelection Campaign

Snyder Says Schuette Going Against Trend

Sixth Circuit Continues Stay

Michigan Marriage Ban Struck Down

Michigan Makes History With First Marriages

Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Aappeal

Pictures from Ingham County - Getting Married

Pictures from Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 1

Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's office - Part 2

Pictures from the Oakland County Clerk's Office - Part 3

Pictures from Washtenaw County

White Nationalist Group Files Brief Supporting AG's Appeal In Marriage Ruling

Discredited Witness Part Of Right-Wing Cabal

Schauer Celebrates Overturn Of Michigan Marriage Ban

Equality Michigan Circulating Petition to Drop Appeal

Why Are Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette Wasting Michigan Taxpayer Dollars On A Costly Appeal?

Michigan Marriage Ban Co-Author Goes 'Moral'

BTL's Wedding Expo: Like Pride in April

Snyder Says Marriages Invalid

Elected Officials, Advocates Petition Schuette To Drop Marriage Appeal

Request To Remove Stay Based On Process And Substance

Schuette Lies To Satisfy Political Base

DOCUMENTS: The decision, the stay, and more

BREAKING: Holder Asked To Recognize Michigan Marriages

Michigan Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

BREAKING: Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Issues Temporary Stay On Michigan Case

BREAKING: Same-Sex Couples Across Michigan Get Hitched

BREAKING: Judge Friedman Declares Michigan's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Judge Could Rule Late Today In Mich. Marriage Ban

Michigan Marriage Trial: And Now We Wait

Editor's Viewpoint: Our Long Journey To Justice

Federal Marriage Case Decisions Outside Michigan In Circuit Court of Appeals

Peers Distance Themselves As Regnerus Takes The Stand

Marriage Supporters, Protestors Brave Cold At Courthouse

Highlights From Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

Brown Says Schuette Instructed Clerks To Defy Court

Michigan Marriage Equality Trial Begins Second Week

Marriage Equality Trial Opens : Science v. Fear

Michigan Marriage Center Prepares State For The Possibility!

Michigan Marriage Case Begins

A Trial Full of Experts: Incredible and Not So Credible, In Hazel Park Case

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