Promises about Gays and Lesbians on The Obameter

Push for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors

"Will place the weight of (his) administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes."

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Expand the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity

Will "place the weight of (his) administration behind...a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity."


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Urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws

As president, "will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws."

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Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy


Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military.

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Support repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Will support "repeal (of) 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."


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