Anti-Christian lobby group HRC tallies Obama’s long list of pro-homosexual and pro-transgender “accomplishments”
Summary of President Barack Obama’s Commitment to LGBT Equality [the homosexual-bisexual-transgender agenda]
Note to AFTAH readers: the following is a list of President Barack Obama’s homosexual-bisexual-transgender agenda “achievements,” produced by Human Rights Campaign, the world’s most powerful and well-funded LGBT lobby organization. [See the original HRC report on PDF HERE.] Even close followers of Obama’s socially left agenda will be surprised by the magnitude of his LGBT record. We have bolded some of the more important Obama actions–note especially #28 and #33 in which Obama undermined the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), thus accelerating the legal momentum for legalized same-sex “marriage.”
“Summary of President Obama’s Commitment to LGBT Equality”
LGBT-inclusive Legislation Signed Into Law (3):
- Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act – Signed October 28, 2009.
- Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 – Signed December 22, 2010
- Violence Against Women Act – Reauthorization signed March 7, 2013
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Openly- LGBT Federal Judicial Appointees (15):
- Todd Hughes Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Nitza Quiñones Alejandro Judge, District Court for the Eastern District of PA
- Pamela Ki Mai Chen Judge, District Court for the Eastern District of NY
- Michael Fitzgerald Judge, District Court for the Central District of CA
- Darrin Gayles Judge, District Court for the Southern District of FL
- Judith Levy Judge, District Court for the Eastern District of MI
- Michael McShane Judge, District Court for the District of OR
- Alison Nathan Judge, District Court for the Southern District of NY
- Paul Oetken Judge, District Court for the Southern District of NY
- Staci Michelle Yandle Judge, District Court for the Southern District of IL
- Emily C. Hewitt Chief Justice, United States Court of Federal Claims
- Elaine Kaplan Judge, United States Court of Federal Claims
- Joseph H. Gale Judge, United States Tax Court
- Albert Lauber Judge, United States Tax Court
- Robert Pitman Judge, District Court for the Western District of TX
Openly LGBT Federal Ambassadorial Appointees (7):
- Daniel Brooks Baer, U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Served 9/10/2013 to present.
- John Berry, Ambassador to Australia, Served 9/9/2013 to present
- James “Wally” Brewster, Jr., Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Served 11/22/2013 to present.
- James Costos, Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Served 8/22/2013 to present.
- Rufus Gifford, Ambassador to Denmark, Served 8/15/2013 to present.
- David Huebner, Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Served 12/4/2009 to 1/17/2014.
- Ted Osius, Ambassador to Vietnam, Served 12/10/2014 to present.
Policy / Regulation Changes (111):
- In March 2009, the Obama Administration added the United States to a UN General Assembly resolution calling for an end to criminal penalties based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a measure that former President Bush had refused to sign.
- In April 2009, the President announced a new, five-year outreach and prevention project called Act Against AIDS, which targets populations most at risk.
- In June 2009, President Obama issued LGBT Pride Month proclamations, the first since 2000, and held the first-ever Pride events at the White House.
- In June 2009, President Obama issued a Presidential Memo directing federal agencies to extend whatever benefits they could, under existing authority, to the same-sex partners of federal employees.
- In June 2009, the State Department reversed a Bush Administration policy that refused to use a same-sex “marriage” license as evidence of a name change for passports.
- In June 2009, the State Department extended numerous benefits to the partners of Foreign Service officers, including diplomatic passports, access to overseas medical and training facilities, inclusion in housing allocations, and access to emergency evacuation.
- In July 2009, Administration officials testified in support of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, which would extend spousal benefits to the partners of federal workers, including health insurance and insurance benefits.
- In September 2009, an Administration official testified in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- In October 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted a regulationending the ban on HIV-positive visitors and immigrants.
- In November 2009, an Administration official testified in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate.
- In January 2010, the Office of Personnel Management added gender identity to the equal employment opportunity policy governing all federal jobs.
- In February 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded $900k grant for the creation of a national resource center on LGBT aging issues to Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE).
- In March 2010, the Census Bureau overturned the Bush Administration’s overbroad interpretation of the Defense of Marriage Act and agreed to release data on married same-sex couples along with other demographic info from the 2010 Census.
- In March 2010, the IRS clarified that domestic partners (and their children) can be designated beneficiaries for VEBA funding/payment purposes.
- In June 2010, President Obama published a Presidential memo directing the extension of additional benefits to the partners of federal workers, including travel and relocation assistance, child care subsidies and certain retirement benefits.
- In June 2010, the Office of Personnel Management published a final rule allowing same-sex domestic partners of federal employees to apply for long term care insurance, and to take funeral and sick leave to care for a domestic partner.
- In June 2010, the Department of Justice issued an opinion clarifying that the criminal provision of the Violence Against Women Act related to stalking and abuse apply equally to same-sex partners.
- In June 2010, the Department of State revised the standards for changing a gender marker on a passport, making the process less burdensome for transgender people.
- In June 2010, The Department of Labor issued guidance clarifying that an employee can take time off under the FMLA to care for a same-sex partner’s child, even where the partner does not have a legal or biological relationship to that child.
- In June 2010, President Obama issued a second memo directing federal agencies to extend whatever benefits they could, under existing authority, to the same-sex partners of federal employees.
- In July 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services revised its funding guidance around abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education programs, requiring that recipient programs are inclusive of and non-stigmatizing toward LGBT youth, and mandating that they include only medically-accurate information.
- In July 2010, the President launched a National AIDS Strategy with key goals to lower the number of new HIV infections, increase the number of people receiving care, and reducing racial disparities.
- In October 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $13.3 million grant to the LA Gay and Lesbian Center to create a model program supporting LGBT and questioning youth in the foster care system.
- In October 2010, the White House held a summit on school bullying and formed an interagency working group to look at ways to address this pervasive problem, including in regards to LGBT youth.
- In January 2011, the Justice Department proposed regulations to implement standards proposed by the federal Prison Rape Elimination Commission to reduce sexual abuse in correctional facilities, including standards regarding LGBT and intersex inmates.
- In January 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services regulations requiring all hospitals receiving Medicaid and Medicare to prohibit discrimination in visitation against LGBT people went into effect.
- In February 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services rescinded provisions of a Bush-era rule which allowed health care providers to refuse to provide any health care service or information for a religious or moral reason.
- In February 2011, The Department of Justice announced that it would stop defending lawsuits brought against Section 3 of DOMA because the President and Attorney General believed the provision was unconstitutional.
- In March 2011, at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a lengthy report detailing the range of areas in which more research is needed on LGBT health needs.
- In March 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent a number of recommendations to the White House for policy and regulatory changes that HHS could undertake to improve the health of LGBT people, including: collection of LGBT health data.
- Guidance for states on including LGBT families in federal welfare programs, and
- Guidance for states on protecting the financial resources of a same-sex partner when his or her partner enters long-term care under Medicaid.
- In June 2011, the Department of Justice filed its first brief implementing its decision to stop defending lawsuits brought against Section 3 of DOMA in federal court, acknowledging the federal government’s role in discrimination against gays and lesbians.
- In June 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs published a directive establishing a policy of respectful delivery of healthcare to transgender and intersex veterans in all VA healthcare facilities.
- In June 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance clarifying that state Medicaid agencies have the authority to provide same-sex couples with equal access to the financial and asset protections available to opposite-sex couples when a partner enters a nursing home or care facility.
- In June 2011, the Department of Education held the first-ever LGBT Youth Summit. At that event, Secretary Duncan announced guidance to schools nationwide making clear that right of gay-straight alliances (GSAs) to form and meet in public schools is protected under federal law.
- In June 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded a grant to Heartland Alliance in Chicago to create the first-ever resource center for LGBT refugees being resettled in the United States.
- In June 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services publicly committed to collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in federal health surveys and laid out a timeline for identifying the best ways to collect quality data on LGBT people and including the appropriate questions in surveys.
- In June 2011, the Administration supported a first-ever UN Human Rights Council resolution condemning violence and discrimination against LGBT people.
- In September 2011, the Social Security Administration announced that it would no longer issue “gender no-match” letters to employers during the clearance process for potential employees. This change protects transgender applicants from being unnecessarily outed to potential employers by the SSA.
- In September 2011, the Office of Personnel Management issued additional guidance to federal managers regarding the equal treatment of transgender workers.
- In October 2011, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) adopted a policy “strongly encouraging” companies contracting with the agency to have nondiscrimination policies protecting LGBT employees and other workers in place.
- In November 2011, the Internal Revenue Service formally announced that medically necessary treatments related to gender transition are deductible for income tax purposes.
- In December 2011, President Obama issued a memorandum creating a strategy for U.S. government agencies to combat LGBT human rights abuses internationally.
- In December 2011, then-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made an historic speech on LGBT human rights in Geneva.
- In January 2012, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued regulations recognizing LGBT families for federal housing programs, …
- Prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in accessing federally-insured mortgage loans, and …
- Requiring HUD grantees to abide by LGBT-inclusive state and local antidiscrimination laws.
- HUD also announced it would conduct the first-ever nationwide study of LGBT housing discrimination.
- In March 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection published a proposed rule that will expand the definition of family to include domestic partners for the purposes of processing the family when re-entering the U.S. from abroad.
- In April 2012, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the U.S. will recognize marriages for immigration purposes regardless of a subsequent gender transition.
- In April 2012, the EEOC published its decision in Macy v. Holder which found that gender identity discrimination in employment is a form of sex discrimination and prohibited under Title VII.
- In May 2012, the Department of Justice published final regulations creating national standards aimed at eliminating sexual abuse in America’s prisons, jails, and local detention facilities as mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). These standards directly address the needs of LGBTI and gender nonconforming prisoners.
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