Democrats stand with the LGBT community in the fight to ensure that all Americans benefit from the civil rights that each of us deserves—because the fight for equality affects us all. Since President Obama took office, we have made tremendous progress: strengthening hate-crimes legislation named for Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. and aggressively supporting and initiating the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," among many others.
President Obama is also the first American president to stand up in support of same-sex marriage. These milestones are significant and historic, but our work is far from complete.
Experience tells us that progress is incremental—just as President Obama said, “step by step, law by law, mind by changing mind.” We will continue to fight with the LGBT community as members, friends, family, and allies, with the hope that one day each of us will be seen as equal under the law.