LGBT Americans helped Barack Obama win the presidency of the United States. Now he’s made an official statement about what he’s going to do to help us.
At Change.gov, the Web site for “The Office of the President-Elect,” under the section on Civil Rights, President-Elect Obama has laid it out, in plain English, where he stands on LGBT issues and what he intends to accomplish. Here are the highlights:
The Obama-Biden Plan: Expand Hate Crimes Statutes; Fight Workplace Discrimination; Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples; Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage; Repeal Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell; Expand Adoption Rights; Promote AIDS Prevention; Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS.
With all the attention right now on the issue of marriage equality, let’s take a closer look at the part about “full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples”:
“Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: Barack Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.”
He doesn’t call it marriage. But he does support equal rights. It’s right there on his official president-elect Web site for all the world to see.
Let’s make sure and hold him to his promises, on all the issues.