President Barack Obama
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBT rights group in the US, has endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in next year’s poll.
It said that the decision was made based on Obama’s commitment to LGBT equality and his record of accomplishment, from major legislative victories to critical administrative reforms.
“President Obama has improved the lives of LGBT Americans more than any President in history,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.
“In 2008 we were promised change and profound change is what we got. More remains to be done and ensuring that President Obama is able to continue the forward momentum toward equality for another term is an absolute priority of the Human Rights Campaign.”
‘President Obama is marching with us’
The group highlighted President Obama’s Administration’s record of accomplishment for the LGBT community, which included repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays and lesbians in the military, passing a landmark federal hate crimes law and ordering public hospitals to recognise same-sex partners.
In addition, Obama was also praised for increasingly recognising gender identity and same-sex relationships in government administration processes and increasing benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
“The records of the other candidates seeking the presidency should be a wake-up call to fair-minded Americans,” said Solmonese.
“As the fight for equality moves forward, President Obama is marching with us while the alternatives would stop us in our tracks.”