The Human Rights Campaign lists over 100 advancements on behalf of LGBT people that took place under the administration of our forty-fourth president.
He had a direct hand in some, like the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Others were at least in part the result of the political climate he helped create (such as the overturn of DOMA). These steps forward continued into the last year of his presidency, which included his historic declaration of Stonewall as the first national monument dedicated to our community. Obama may not have achieved everything he set out to do, but as we look back it is clear that during his two terms our community was better off because we had a President in office who advocated for us to be protected against violence and discrimination and who recognized our equal rights in arenas from adoption to immigration. Thank you for the past eight years, Mr. President; we are proud to be part of your legacy.
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Last modified: October 22, 2018