These events included an LGBT Youth Summit in and a meeting with transgender students in Junewith a sixth summit scheduled for August Sign Up for Our Newsletters Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health, money and more. A vivid symbol of that inclusive spirit came on the night of the Supreme Court's marriage decision last June, when the White House itself was lit up in rainbow colors. 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. In this final year, the administration has been even more aggressive, battling for transgender rights.
The president's defenders say that what looked like foot-dragging in the push to reverse the "don't ask, don't tell" policy was actually careful groundwork.
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In his second inaugural, Obama wove the push for gay rights into a broader civil rights tapestry, stretching from Seneca Falls and Selma to Stonewall. President Barack Obama, who was inside, felt the glow on that June night in Obama is 'undecided' about same-sex marriage. Most Popular Valentine's Candy by State. While supporters of LGBT rights are extolling Obama's record, some religious conservatives say the president went too far in some cases, infringing on the religious liberties of Americans whose faiths disapprove of same-sex marriage.
And just maybe, that was Obama's plan all along: The issuance of guidance from the Department of Justice that concluded that the prohibition against sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of encompasses claims of discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including transgender status. 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. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. When he first ran for president, Obama went only as far as supporting civil unions. Obama opposes the federal Defense of Marriage Act while running for a U. He also says, repeatedly, that he is against gay marriage.