By: The Rainbow Times’ Editorial Team–
LGBT voters across Massachusetts face an embarrassment of riches come Election Day. And there is good reason for gay voters, our families, friends, and allies to turn out on Nov. 6 in full force, voting to re-elect President Barack Obama, who certainly deserves four more years.
No president in history has delivered so much progress for our community as the social-justice cause of LGBT rights and full equality advanced significantly on his watch.
For example, the president signed federal hate crimes protections into law. He brought an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” an odious ban on openly gay military service that lasted for more than 15 years. The Justice Department no longer defends the Defense of Marriage Act. And Obama has come out for same-sex civil marriage rights, completing a slow but deliberate evolution.
Equally impressive are other regulatory and policy advances. The president has used power of federal government through cabinet offices — including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and State Department, among others — to chip away at discrimination and inequality. (More)