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LGBT Rights Center Stage In New Obama Campaign Ad: VIDEO

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President Obama's latest reelection commercial narrows in on the commander-in-chief's pro-LGBT accomplishments over the past three years, including signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Watch the video, called "Keeping His Word: Equality for LGBT Americans," AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. "Stop reminding us of the truth!", screamed the gay republicans.

    rock ON, Obama!!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 27, 2012 3:45:55 PM


  2. Ditto, Little Kiwi. While the extremes of the left and right screamed and ranted, Obama quietly GOT THINGS DONE. He hasn't just talked the talk, he's walked the walk. The fact that he's put it into an ad which will surely be used by Republicans as campaign fodder is another sign of his nerves of steel.

    Posted by: Hank | Jun 27, 2012 4:06:31 PM


  3. Yes, he must be reelected, and I've contributed money to his campaign to help make that happen. But PRESIDENTS don't repeal ANY laws—Congress does. And whether or not one believes it only happened because of his endorsement or believes he didn't do enough personally to help [as Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin said one week before the final vote], the FACT is that gays and lesbians in the military are NOT equal to their straight counterparts because HE has yet to clean up the mess he let happen in 2010 in the gutting of the original repeal bill.

    FROM SLDN in August of last year:

    "[DoD] officials, both civilian and military, have repeatedly said that gay and lesbian service members will be treated with respect and dignity and that nothing will stand in the way of advancing as far as their skills and talents will take them. We applaud these sentiments, and we are calling on the Department of Defense to formalize this commitment by reflecting them in its policies and practices,” said [SLDN Director Aubrey] Sarvis.

    In the letter, Sarvis urged the Pentagon to include “sexual orientation” in its Human Goals Charter and to bring enforcement of that commitment into the Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) program, which provides an avenue of recourse outside the chain of command for service members who are experiencing harassment or discrimination.

    “It should be a simple matter to include sexual orientation as a part of the armed forces’ longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all service members regardless of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin,” said Sarvis. SLDN has similarly called for President Obama to issue an executive order prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the military.

    In addition, Sarvis asked Panetta to do all in his authority to address the lingering inequities in the areas of family support, pay and benefits [not banned by DOMA] that will exist for gay and lesbian service members following the repeal of DADT."


    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 27, 2012 4:08:03 PM


  4. PS: to be clear, all of these could be achieved IMMEDIATELY by the proverbial stroke of the pen, either by the President/Commander-in-Chief or Secretary of Defense Panetta.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 27, 2012 4:09:20 PM


  5. and by going through process, and not a mere stroke of a pen (which could be undone by another president's pen stroking a page) we've seen a long-lasting implementation.

    so, YAY!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 27, 2012 4:14:25 PM


  6. that was great! i actually welled up a little while watching it.

    Posted by: alguien | Jun 27, 2012 4:38:44 PM


  7. LK: exactly right, it's much more likely to be permanent because of the way that it was done.

    Posted by: antb | Jun 27, 2012 4:49:48 PM


  8. hooray! GoBamma!

    Posted by: DRG | Jun 27, 2012 4:51:48 PM


  9. We have arrived. Gay community, our story, our struggles and our triumphs are JUST as valid and rich of a story as any other group of people and demographic! We are being recognized by major companies, legislation, advertisment, media and finally the White House! It's time for our story to be told and it's our time. Be galvanized

    Posted by: Dynex | Jun 27, 2012 5:33:17 PM


  10. We have arrived. Gay community, our story, our struggles and our triumphs are JUST as valid and rich of a story as any other group of people and demographic! We are being recognized by major companies, legislation, advertisment, media and finally the White House! It's time for our story to be told and it's our time. Be galvanized

    Posted by: Dynex | Jun 27, 2012 5:33:20 PM


  11. What a successful Pride month is has been for the LGBT movement. We need to all still be involved, championing our efforts while celebrating our achievements.

    Posted by: 2eastcoastDudes | Jun 27, 2012 5:35:22 PM


  12. This is for all the gay, lesbian, GLBT hard working folks who came before us and made this happen. Without their COURAGE to be themselves, be proud of who they were and fight for the justice and fair treatment of all we may not be here. And today's generation can work to advance our people for fair treatment for tomorrow. Beautiful video!

    Posted by: MJ | Jun 27, 2012 5:37:55 PM


  13. TRY to pay attention, non-American citizen, Your Kiwiness: the subject was the status of LGB service members IN the military post repeal, which out gay Air Force Principal Deputy General Counsel Gordon Tanner described at the Pentagon Pride event yesterday as still—and UNNECESSARILY—"second class." CONGRESS gave the military the AUTHORITY to regulate these things, but they are CHOOSING to deny LGB troops such rights and benefits because of recalcitrant homophobia just a racists denied blacks equal rights after the military was physically integrated. But, of course, you obviously know better than Mr. Tanner and the 19-year old Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Not.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 27, 2012 6:37:52 PM


  14. If one more loser says "he's trying to get our gay money" I'll have to start knocking heads. These are success stories, just like he shares women's rights success stories, and immigrant success stories, and health care, and bailout, and wall street reform, and anti-terrorism, and all the other millions of successes he's had. GO OBAMA!!!

    Posted by: reality | Jun 27, 2012 8:47:30 PM


  15. And here's yet another vitally important reason to vote for Obama. "A new National Geographic survey finds that nearly 65% of Americans think President Obama would be better suited than Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion." Teagan Goddards Political Wire.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 28, 2012 2:56:07 AM


  16. Wake up, 'reality' and smell the bigotry. A loser is defined as someone who wastes their vote on bigots like Obama or Romney.

    In November vote left, write in Brad Manning or just sit it out. We don't have a horse in this race.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 28, 2012 3:00:24 AM


  17. It must be veeerrry boring where little kiwi lives in Canada. He's utterly and exclusively fixated on Obama.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 28, 2012 3:03:13 AM


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