Just received this in an email. Would like to believe him but... not much to show for this so far in terms of real action (though this was welcome, if late), and then there's the pesky thing about health care reform and his commitment to the single payer option. But, FWIW:
Dear Friend:Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate your perspective.Every American deserves equal protection under our laws, and neither Federal nor state law should discriminate against any American. The issue of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights has all too often been used to divide our country. We must treat all of our citizens with dignity and respect, and stand united in our protection of equality--a founding principle of our Nation and a moral imperative.
I continue to oppose a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. We must also extend the over 1,100 Federal marital rights and benefits to same-sex couples, because every American should be able to visit a loved one in the hospital, transfer property, and receive equal health insurance and other employment benefits.
My Administration is committed to addressing a full spectrum of issues important to the LGBT community. We can reduce discrimination by strengthening hate crimes statutes; supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act; ensuring adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation; and opposing discrimination in public accommodations. To combat HIV/AIDS, we need policies that support people living with this illness and increased funding for prevention, care, and research. I also support repealing the current Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in a sensible way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security.
Please join me online to learn more about my civil rights agenda at: www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/civil_rights. Together, we can create a more open and tolerant society that protects and values all people.
Thank you again for writing.Sincerely,Barack Obama