Oct 28, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
creature saidDontQuoteMe saidLet's look at the scorecard:
Romney: Granted over 180 gay marriage licenses
Mitt Romney did not sign same-sex marriage into law. Same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts because of the ruling of the state's supreme court.
As Governor Romney had no choice but to grant those licenses.
And then there is the rest of the "score":
metta8 saidAccomplishments by the Administration and Congress on LGBT Equality
No one should rest until we have full LGBT equality. But after eight years of Republican disrespect, progress is being made. In its first term, the Obama Administration has...
FEDERAL LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW
Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded existing United States federal hate crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability -- the first positive federal LGBT legislation in the nation's history
Repealed Don't Ask/Don't Tell
Signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act
Reversed US refusal to sign the UN Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees in 2009 and, further, in 2010
Lifted the HIV Entry Ban
Issued diplomatic passports, and provided other benefits, to the partners of same-sex foreign service employees
Committed to ensuring that federal housing programs are open to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
Conceived a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders -- the nation's first ever -- funded by a three-year HHS grant to SAG
Banned job discrimination based on gender identity throughout the Federal government (the nation's largest employer)
Eliminated the discriminatory Census Bureau policy that kept our relationships from being counted, encouraging couples who consider themselves married to file that way, even if their state of residence does not yet permit legal marriage
Instructed HHS to require any hospital receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds (virtually all hospitals) to allow LGBT visitation rights
Required all grant applicants seeking HUD funding to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT individuals
Adopted transgender recommendations on the issuance of gender-appropriate passports that will ease barriers to safe travel and that will provide government-issued ID that avoids involuntary "outing" in situations requiring ID, like hiring, where a gender-appropriate driver's license or birth certificate is not available
Extended domestic violence protections to LGBT victims
Extended the Family and Medical Leave Act to cover employees taking unpaid leave to care for the children of same-sex partners
Issued guidance to assist tenants denied housing on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and banned LGBT discrimination in all HUD-assisting housing and HUD-assisted loans
Issued a National HIV/AIDS Strategy praised as "long-overdue" by the Task Force, Lambda and others
Issued guidance to 15,000 local departments of education and 5,000 colleges to support educators in combating bullying
Cut back authority to discharge under Don't Ask/Don't Tell from hundreds of generals to just 6 civilian appointees, effectively ending discharges while working toward a permanent end to the policy.
Led the fight that reversed a 2010 UN vote removing sexual orientation from the list of things people should not be killed for
Launched the first-ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the rental and sale of housing
Determined that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional
Determined that LGBT discrimination should be subject to a standard of "heightened scrutiny"
Stopped defending DOMA, leading to "dramatic changes across the country and the federal government in the way that lawyers and judges see legal challenges brought by LGBT people - and, slowly but surely, in the way that LGBT people are able to live their lives"
Filed an unprecedented brief detailing the history of discrimination faced by gay, lesbian and bisexual people in America, including by the federal government itself -- the single most persuasive legal argument ever advanced by the United States government in support of equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people
Vacated a court order that would have deported a gay American's Venezuelan partner
Begun recognizing joint bankruptcy petitions filed by same-sex married couples
Endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act
Reduced the deportation threat faced by binational LGBT couples
Authorized military chaplains to perform same-sex weddings on or off military bases
Upped the nation's commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS at home and abroad
Launched a muscular, game-changing campaign for global LGBT equality, highlighted by the Secretary of State in a half-hour address to the United Nations
Extended the gender-based employment discrimination protections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to transgender employees
Added an LGBT representative to the diversity program at each of the nations 120 federal prisons
RESPECT & INCLUSION
Endorsed the Baldwin-Lieberman bill, The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009, to provide FULL partnership benefits to federal employees
Released the first Presidential PRIDE proclamations since 2000
Hosted the first LGBT Pride Month Celebration in White House history
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King, joining past recipients such as Rosa Parks
Appointed the first ever transgender DNC member
Testified in favor of ENDA, the first time any official of any administration has testified in the Senate on ENDA
Hired more openly LGBT officials (like these) in its first two years -- more than 150, including more than 20 "Senate-confirmables" -- than any previous administration hired in four years or eight
Sworn in Ambassador David Huebner
Changed the culture of government everywhere from – among others – HUD and HHS to the Export-Import Bank, the State Department, and the Department of Education
Appointed Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, instead of conservatives who would have tilted the Court even further to the right and virtually doomed our rights for a generation. To wit (quoting McCain): "I've said a thousand times on this campaign trail, I've said as often as I can, that I want to find clones of Alito and Roberts. I worked as hard as anybody to get them confirmed. I look you in the eye and tell you I've said a thousand times that I wanted Alito and Roberts. I have told anybody who will listen. I flat-out tell you I will have people as close to Roberts and Alito [as possible]."
Named open transgender appointees (the first President ever to do so)
Emphasized LGBT inclusion in everything from the President’s historic NAACP address (“The pain of discrimination is still felt in America. By African American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and a different gender. By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country. By Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion simply because they kneel down to pray to their God. By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights.”) . . . to the first paragraph of his Family Day proclamation