A new campaign video for US President Barack Obama isn’t shy about going after the LGBT vote – as his White House is proud of the advances made for equality in his first term.
Out lesbian Glee star Jane Lynch narrates the video, which features a candid interview Obama. He speaks about his satisfaction after the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and tells why he supports marriage equality.
“It’s part and parcel of my overall belief that all the LGBT couples that I meet across the country, their families, their children, their commitments to each other are as strong and as precious as anybody else’s,” he says.
The US Presidential Election in November means Obama is at risk of losing his Presidency as Mitt Romney makes his play for leadership. But if the Republicans’ track record and campaigning so far is anything to go by, as a leader Romney is unlikely to advance any LGBT issues or even acknowledge the existence of gay people in America.
Obama advises: “Not only to preserve the gains that we’ve made over the last three years, but to make sure that any discrimination is eliminated, you’re going to need a strong advocate in the White House. I am that strong advocate.
“We’re going to continue to lean forward in making sure that, whether it’s the capacity to adopt, hospital visitation, ending travel bans, making sure that benefits to spouses or partners are recognised at the Federal level… we’re just going to keep on making sure that the rights of same-sex couples are expanded.”
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