Obamas thoughts of gay rights

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Write to Katy Steinmetz at katy. I understand that this was an eight-year process, and we needed him here for eight years to make this happen. President Obama's years in office have seen a flowering of gay and lesbian rights, culminating a year ago when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The order applies to a group of workers that, at around 28 million, accounts for about one-fifth of the American workforce. Supporting LGBT Health In JunePresident Obama issued a directive on same-sex domestic partner benefits, opening the door for the State Department to extend the full range of legally available benefits and allowances to same-sex domestic partners of members of the Foreign Service sent to serve abroad. 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.

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He'd campaigned as a "fierce advocate" for gay rights but disappointed some activists early on.

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Better late than never: LGBT advocates embrace Obama's presidential evolution

After Vice President Joe Biden announces his support for same-sex marriage, Obama is forced to move up a planned announcement of his change in position. It previously prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, until the Supreme Court ruled that provision unconstitutional in Socarides recalls a story that Obama liked to tell about Franklin Roosevelt. Hodgesthe Social Security Administration SSA began to recognize all valid same-sex marriages for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits or eligibility for Supplemental Security Income. It should be up to religious denominations to determine whether they wanted to recognize that as marriage or not, he said.

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And then there was the president's own, very public "evolution" on same-sex marriage. Obama signs an executive order protecting LGBT employees working for government contractors. But I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I talk to friends and family and neighbors. Administrative accomplishments regarding transgender protection, which have historically been sidelined in favor of protections for sexual orientation, have reached historic levels under the Obama administration, said Keisling. When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet, feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is gone, because they're not able to commit themselves in a marriage.

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