Gay rights rally, And Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered a passionate message directly to transgender people. It's become an annual event, tied to the monthlong commemoration of the Stonewall riots, which helped launch the modern gay liberation movement. Obama says that conversion therapy for minors should be banned. National opposition to same-sex marriage began a sharp decline after President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, into law in
Seeking reelection in Illinois, Obama fills out another questionnaire for Outlineswhich the Windy City Times published in
Obama Says He Didn't Mislead on Gay Marriage
Open service for transgender troops remains verboten. Many of the president's early critics have come around to that point of view. And we're proud of you. When I think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, in monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together. The president praised that Supreme Court decision, but activists have not always applauded him. And just maybe, that was Obama's plan all along: On issues from immigration to racially charged police violence to the decriminalization of marijuanaactivists have voiced frustration at a perceived double-dealing by the president on the issues they hold most dear, and fatigue with repeated White House requests for patience.
The Department of Education articulates a clear stance on gender identity, while the Department of Justice announces that all its attorneys will interpret the federal ban on sex discrimination to include discrimination against transgender Americans. The president praised that Supreme Court decision, but activists have not always applauded him. In a campaign questionnaireObama wrote that he was in favor of same-sex marriages, a position he reversed 12 years later when he was running for president. I've stood on the side of broader equality for the LGBT community. I must admit that I may have been infected with society's prejudices and predilections and attributed them to God; that Jesus' call to love one another might demand a different conclusion; and that in years hence I may be seen as someone who was on the wrong side of history.