What a reminder of what Bobby Kennedy once said about how small actions can be like pebbles being thrown into a still lake, and ripples of hope cascade outwards and change the world. The law gives the Justice Department the power to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Department of Education hosted five summits on strategies for protecting students, including LGBT students, from bullying and harassment. Gay rights event, These events included an LGBT Youth Summit in and a meeting with transgender students in Junewith a sixth summit scheduled for August This president helped us blow it open.
Windsor decision, in which the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, the President instructed the Cabinet to review over 1, federal statutes and regulations to ensure the decision was implemented swiftly and smoothly by the federal government to recognize the rights of same-sex couples.
President Obama on Gay Rights
After the United States v. And then sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt. This decision will end the patchwork system we currently have. Ohio senator Rob Portman, a supporter of gay marriage, said: The Supreme Court would eventually strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and bring marriage equality back to California, leading up to a rapidly changing marriage equality landscape across the county. But for the most part, activists dissatisfied with the lack of progress in those and other areas consider Congress, rather than the president, the real obstacle to equality. Insurance companies are no longer able to discriminate against anyone due to a pre-existing condition, and because of the law, insurers can no longer turn someone away just because he or she is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
President Obama made history in by signing an Executive Order to protect transgender federal employees from workplace discrimination and set strong new standards for federal contractors. Not all Republicans were so pragmatic. America should be very proud. In my second inaugural address, I said that if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage.