On LGBT Issues: Romney vs. Obama

Mitt Romney is no fan of LGBT equality. Let’s take a minute right now to look at a few reasons why.

  Romney opposes not only marriage equality but also civil unions for gay people. In fact, he signed a pledge written by the homophobic National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to add a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning marriage equality nationwide. And most recently, this video surfaced.
  Romney does not believe that the federal government should protect gay people in the workplace. He opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). That means he thinks it should be legally OK for your boss to fire you just for being gay, bisexual, questioning — anything other than straight.
  Romney supported the U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
  Part of the pledge that Romney signed for NOM stipulated that, if elected, he would establish a McCarthy-style “presidential commission” to investigate and possibly prosecute members of the gay community and their allies who offend the religious sensibilities of those who push an anti-gay agenda.

Now let’s take a minute to look at just a few things that President Barack Obama, who is strongly pro-equality, has already done for gay rights during his last four years as president.

  Obama supports marriage equality and ordered his Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act because he believes it’s unconstitutional. (And we’re betting that Obama, a Harvard Law grad and former UChicago constitutional law professor, knows “unconstitutional” when he sees it.)
  Obama supports employment non-discrimination. He doesn’t think your boss should be able to fire you just because he doesn’t like your sexual orientation or gender identity. Obama believes ENDA should include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected status. He has repeatedly called on Congress to pass ENDA so that he could sign the bill into law.
  Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which allowed U.S. servicemembers to serve openly and honestly for the first time ever.
  Obama enacted hate crimes legislation, specifically the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which is the first law in American history that protects people based specifically on sexual orientation and gender identity.

To see more of what Obama has done for the LGBT community during his time as president, take a look at this impressive timeline on his campaign website.