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HRC endorses Obama for re-election, cites record accomplishments on LGBT issues

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, on Thursday announced its endorsement of President Barack Obama for re-election.

The HRC said its decision was based on Obama’s record of accomplishment on LGBT issues, from major legislative victories to critical administrative reforms, which includes:

  • Pressing for passage and signing legislation to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans openly lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers.
  • Pressing for passage and signing an inclusive hate crimes law – the first federal statute to explicitly protect LGBT individuals.
  • Determining that the administration believes Section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional and refusing to defend the discriminatory law in court.
  • Requiring hospitals nationwide to adopt LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policies regarding visitation.

The HRC noted that President Obama has appointed more than 100 openly-LGBT individuals to positions throughout his administration.

Obama issued LGBT Pride Month proclamations in 2009 and 2010, the first since 2000, and held the first-ever Pride events at the White House.

A list of the Obama administration’s pro-LGBT policy and legislative advances is here.

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