Geoffrey Stone: "President Obama, Equal Rights and Sexual Orientation"

President Obama, Equal Rights and Sexual Orientation
Geoffrey R. Stone
Huffington Post
January 13, 2009

As one of his first acts of office, President Barack Obama should call for federal legislation ensuring equal rights for all persons in the United States regardless of sexual orientation.

As a candidate for United States senator from Illinois, Mr. Obama announced that, as "an African-American man" and "a child of an interracial marriage," I have "taken on the issue of civil rights for the LGBT community as if they were my own struggle because I believe strongly that the infringement of rights for any one group eventually endangers the rights enjoyed under law by the entire population." He proclaimed that he had worked for more than a decade "to expand civil liberties for the LGBT community including hate-crimes legislation, adoption rights and the extension of basic civil rights to protect LGBT persons from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, employment and credit," and promised that he would continue to "be an unapologetic voice for civil rights."

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