This past weekend DNC staff, interns and volunteers enthusiastically participated in the Washington, D.C., Capital Pride Parade and Festival. We have a lot to celebrate this year, from the official end of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," to President Obama’s historic support for marriage equality. More than a hundred volunteers marched in the Capital Pride Parade, handing out accomplishment cards and “LGBT for Obama” stickers. The excitement of the crowd was exhilarating and, at times, overwhelming. Chants of “four more years” thundered through the streets as hundreds signed up to volunteer for the campaign.
This election provides us with a clear contrast between the candidates. President Obama has been a consistent ally of the LGBT community. He boldly came out in favor of marriage equality last month, signed the Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has pledged to defend the Defense of Marriage Act vigorously in court and supports a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
President Obama has been fighting to improve the lives of LGBT Americans and we are proud to fight for him.