The presidential race is heating up in the US and The Advocate wanted to know where the GOP candidates stand in terms of gay rights. A few of them, we already know from public forums and on air questions about the topic. However, the Advocate took it one step further and sent out an inquiry. Though none of the major candidates responded, President Barack Obama did send a statement on LGBT rights.
It seems Barack is a firm supporter of equal rights has he did help to propel the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, however he’s never come outright and said he supports gay marriage. To that he’s admits his thoughts on the issue are “evolving.”
“I believe that Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and should be repealed,” he said instead. “I have instructed the Department of Justice to no longer defend it in court, and the Department has already filed multiple briefs supporting individuals challenging the law in court.”
If you’ve followed Obama’s entire presidency, you can agree that there are major moves that he and his administration have made without the help of Congress. He continues, “A lot of work remains, and we cannot wait for Congress to act,” he said, echoing a complaint about congressional inaction that he’s made in other policy areas. His goal is “the more perfect union in which LGBT Americans have the same legal rights and responsibilities as every American.” A bold and very prominent statement.
Despite the fact the Obama is running on the Democratic front unopposed, there are many who have criticized his stint at the White House. With the Republican candidate to revealed soon, will Obama have the voters he needs to maintain his seat?
For all of Obama’s answers and full statement, check out Advocate.com.