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Obama for America
Obama for America
"President Obama and the Fight for LGBT Rights"
5:09 web video from May 23, 2012.
[Music] Obama (from
When I am president of the United States, gays and lesbians will have
somebody who will fight for equal rights for them because they are our
brothers and they are our sisters.
Lynch (voiceover): In 2008 our country elected a leader who not
only acknowledged the LGBT community but who embraced it.
(clip from HRC speech): I'm here with you in that fight...
Lynch (voiceover): He counted us as friends.
(clip from HRC speech): I held some bilateral talks with your
leader, Lady Gaga...she was wearing 16-inch heels.
Lynch (voiceover): We elected a man who understood our
(WH.gov): I was shocked and saddened by the deaths of several
young people who were bullied and taunted for being gay...
Lynch (voiceover): ...and has pushed the nation forward towards
(ABC clip): It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I
think same-sex couples should be able to get married.
interview: I don't think there's been a single moment in which
LGBT issues became important to me; I think it's an accumulation of a
lifetime, of friends and family, people I've gotten to know who have
helped me understand how the fight for LGBT rights is consistent with
that most important part of America's character, which is to constantly
expand opportunity and fairness to everybody.
We've seen a profound cultural shift just in the
last decade partly because folks are family now. This isn't a
matter of strangers; these are people we love, people we care about.
Since I came to Washington, first as a Senator and
ultimately as President, meeting people like Judy Shepard and not only
hearing the heartbreaking tragedy of Matthew, but also the strength and
determination she brought to making sure that never happens to young
people anywhere in the country again. All the men and women in
uniform who I've had a?the chance to meet, who have served our country
with such devotion, having to hide who they are in order to keep in
uniform. Those stories made me passionate about this issue.
Lynch (voiceover): That passion drove him to make more
significant advances for LGBT Americans than any other president who
came before him.
News Anchor 1: Gay rights are hailing it as a big victory.
President Obama ordered any hospital that gets federal funding to give
same-sex couples visitation and consultation rights.
News Anchor 2: President Obama getting ready to grant some
benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees...
News Anchor 3: President Obama will sign a measure making it a
federal crime to assault someone because of sexual orientation or
Obama (clip from event): No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the holding the hands of the person they love...
Wheeler (news clip): This is a triumph for not just members of
the gay community, but for us as a civilization.
Lynch (voiceover): He appointed more openly LGBT people to his
administration and confirmed more LGBT federal judges than any previous
administration, and he knocked down a longstanding, discriminatory
policy within the U.S. military.
interview: One of my proudest moments was when we were able to
repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." It was not an easy process.
There were some who doubted whether we'd ever get it done.
(clip from signing): This is done. [applause]
interview: That day that we signed it was an emotional
day. And to see not just folks who were active in the military,
but to see veterans, some of them from the Vietnam War or the Gulf War,
seeing the tears on their faces and understanding what it meant to them
to be acknowledged was one of the most satisfying moments of my
(speech at signing): We are not a nation that says don't ask,
don't tell. We are a nation that says out of many we are one.
Lynch (voiceover): And with that firm belief he became the first
sitting president to support marriage equality.
Wolf Blitzer: ...truly historic and potentially watershed moment
as President Obama comes out formally, publicly, enthusaistically in
support of gay marriage.
News Announcer: No sitting president has ever done what Barack
Obama did yesterday.
of the United States just said he stands fully with gay
and lesbian Americans...
interview: It's part and parcel of my overall belief that all
the LGBT couples that I meet across the country, their families, their
children, their commitments to each other are as strong and as precious
as anybody else's.
...Not only to preserve the gains that we've made
over the last three years but to make sure that any discrimination is
eliminated. You're going to need a strong advocate in the White
House. I am that strong advocate.
We're going to continue to lean forward in making
sure that whether it's the capacity to adopt, hospital visitation,
ending travel bans, making sure that benefits to spouses or partners
are recognized at the federal level—we're just going to keep on making
sure that the rights of same sex couples are expanded. And it's
not just a matter of head; it's a matter of heart, it's who I am, it's
what I care about.
Notes: "Glee" star Jane
narrates this documentary about LGBT rights in
America. The video features a candid interview with President Obama,
who speaks about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, why he supports
marriage equality, and what's at stake for the LGBT community in this