Washington, D.C. – May 9, 2012 – Today, President Obama affirmed his support of marriage equality, the loving and commitment of same-sex couples. GRIOT Circle, the nation’s leading People of Color LGBT Aging organization, applauds the President for this historic endorsement of the freedom to marry. “I continue to be proud of this president who remains strong and steadfast in his comment to Social Justice of lesbian and gay couples and their right to marry,” said Glen-Michael Francis, Executive Director of GRIOT Circle, Inc. “We thank the president for his continued support and vision for greater equality and inclusion in America.”
The President’s record for advancing protections for the LGBT community remains unequaled. But as he stated, his position on marriage equality had been changing and had not explicitly proclaimed his support of extending marriage to gay and lesbian couples until now. Despite the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” ending the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), endorsing the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) and the Department of HHS new policy for inclusion, all during increasing pressure from the fight to a position of non-movement.
“This is a president who understands that to be the most powerful nation in the world, you need the full engagement of all your citizens,” added Francis. “Congratulations and thank you Mr. President! Our 1237 members, their family and friends appreciate your commitment and hard work.”
Speaker Christine C. Quinn
LGBT and HIV/AIDS Community Report
Dear New Yorker,
After nearly two decades of advocacy, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is officially over.
No longer will LGBT Americans be denied the right to serve this great country of ours, nor will they be forced to hide a part of themselves in order to continue their service.
I’d like to thank President Obama, Senator Gillibrand, Congress Member Nadler, and the other members of Congress for ending this discriminatory policy once and for all. Special thanks as well to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the Human Rights Campaign, and all the other advocacy organizations for their incredible work in gaining equality in the military.
The end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell sends a simple, but powerful, message that we all deserve respect, regardless of who we love. This is an historic step for equality and the security of our nation and world.