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Obama strengthens Democrats’ political hold on LGBT rights

If there were any lingering doubts over President Barack Obama’s legacy on LGBT rights, the nation’s first African-American president appeared to wipe them away last week.

On June 16, after years of pressure from outside groups, the White House announced that Obama would sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The news that Obama would at last act on something he said he would do when running for president in 2008 was greeted with applause — and relief — from LGBT advocates previously puzzled by inaction on the executive order. Read more

Marriage-equality foes falter in face of an evolving nation

Opponents of same-sex marriage tried to keep their movement alive during a rally Thursday outside the United States Capitol.

An estimated 2,000 people turned out for the National Organization for Marriage’s “March for Marriage,” with speaker after speaker vowing to take a last stand against growing support for marriage equality. Read more