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Democrats stand with the LGBT community in the fight to ensure that all Americans benefit from the civil rights that each of us deserves—because the fight for equality affects us all. Since President Obama took office, we have made tremendous progress: strengthening hate-crimes legislation named for Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. and aggressively supporting and initiating the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," among many others.

Stand up for Marriage Equality

President Obama is also the first American president to stand up in support of same-sex marriage. These milestones are significant and historic, but our work is far from complete.

Experience tells us that progress is incremental—just as President Obama said, “step by step, law by law, mind by changing mind.” We will continue to fight with the LGBT community as members, friends, family, and allies, with the hope that one day each of us will be seen as equal under the law.

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  • 50 years later voting rights still threatened

    Nearly 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and more. The law strengthened voting rights and pushed for an end to racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in public places. Unfortunately, today's GOP retreats headlong from the battle towards greater equality. In fact, many Republican are trying to sabotage or undermine crucial protections in the Civil Rights Act.

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  • Steve Walker: “ENDA Deserves A Vote”

    Deputy National Political Director Steve Walker sent this email to supporters asking them to call on Speaker John Boehner to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for a vote on the House floor. Here's what he had to say:

    Friend --

    In 33 states, it is perfectly legal for employers to fire their employees for being LGBT.

    You read that right. For many of us LGBT members in the workforce, the fear that we could lose our livelihood because of who we are is all too real.

    Here's what you can do about it: Tell Speaker Boehner to bring the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act to a vote in the House.

    ENDA, which the Senate just passed, would make it illegal to discriminate against workers based on who they are. That probably sounds obvious to you. But Speaker Boehner has called lawsuits to prevent discrimination "frivolous." His colleague, Rep. Steve King, has said ENDA "is the homosexual lobby taking it out on the rest of society and they are demanding affirmation for their lifestyle, that's at the bottom of this."

    There's nothing frivolous about equality. Tell Speaker Boehner that ENDA deserves a vote:



    Steve Walker
    Deputy National Political Director
    Democratic National Committee

    P.S. -- John Boehner didn't want to go against the Tea Party, but thanks to calls, emails, and petitions from people like you, he finally called a vote on the bill that ended the government shutdown. Let's join our voices together again, and tell John Boehner that it's time for equality in the workplace right now.

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Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The majority of the Armed Forces is comprised of Young Americans volunteering to defend this nation and its ideals. However, a sect of the population was forced to hide their sexual orientation in order to do so. President Obama lead the charge to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell allowing gay and lesbian members of the Armed Forces to serve openly for the first time in American history.
Strengthening enforcement of human rights laws
Democrats passed the Human Rights Enforcement Act of 2009, creating a special section in the Justice Department to enforce human rights laws, specifically addressing genocide and child soldier recruitment.
Strengthening protections against hate crimes
Democrats passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, giving law enforcement officials the power and tools to prosecute those who commit hate crimes.