Obama & Romney on LGBT Issues

Presidential voter guide: Marriage, military, employment, hate crimes & more

By Justin Snow
Published on November 1, 2012, 1:00am | Comments

MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Obama: First president to openly endorse the right to marry for same-sex couples. Endorses marriage-equality ballot measures in Maryland, Maine and Washington. Opposes proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Romney: Believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. Fought against marriage equality as governor of Massachusetts.

Obama and Romney at the second Presidential debate

Obama and Romney at the second Presidential debate

(Photo by Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America)

CIVIL UNIONS

Obama: Supports civil unions with full benefits for same-sex couples.

Romney: Opposes civil unions that guarantee the same rights and benefits as marriage. Believes same-sex couples should have hospital-visitation rights.

DADT REPEAL

Obama: Repealed the military's 16-year-old ban on out service by gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Has not indicated if he supports an end to the ban on transgender servicemembers.

Romney: Opposed the repeal of DADT. Has not indicated if he would work to overturn the repeal as president.

FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT

Obama: Opposes amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Romney: Supports amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

ENDA

Obama: Supports and would sign the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which, in its latest iteration, would forbid employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of either their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Romney: Supported ENDA in 1994, but now says ENDA would hurt employers. Says workplace nondiscrimination laws should be instituted at the state level.

BOY SCOUTS GAY BAN

Obama: Opposes the BSA's ban on out gay members and leaders.

Romney: Opposes the BSA's ban on out gay members and leaders.

ADOPTION RIGHTS

Obama: Supports the right of same-sex couples to adopt children.

Romney: Does not believe same-sex couples should be barred from adopting children, but has said every child has a right to a mother and father.

HATE CRIMES

Obama: Expanded federal hate-crime statutes to include attacks motivated by the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Romney: Opposes federal protections for LGBT victims of hate crimes.

DOMA

Obama: Declared the federal ban on recognizing same-sex marriages unconstitutional and ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the law in court.

Romney: Supports the Defense of Marriage Act.


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