Facing criticism over his recent refusal to issue an executive order protecting LGBT people against workplace discrimination, President Barack Obama on Friday touted a list of 40 accomplishments over the past three years in the area of LGBT rights.
“Three years ago, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was the law of the land, and the words ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender’ appeared nowhere in the federal register,” according to a statement by the Obama campaign.
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“Today, gay and lesbian men and women can serve their country without hiding who they are. The Obama administration has declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and the President is working to make our schools safer for LGBT youth.”
Also on Friday, the White House released a statement supporting the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) and the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), which coincided with the 17th annual “Day of Silence.”