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.