"We also have to do more so to support and strengthen LGBT families. Because equality in relationship, family, and adoption rights is not some abstract principle; it's about whether millions of LGBT Americans can finally life lives mared by dignity and freedom. That's why we have to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. That's why we have to eliminate discrimination against LGBT families. And that's why we have to extend equal treatment in our family and adoption laws. That's why I'll be a president that stands up for American families -- al of them.''
U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama responding to a letter from Jennifer Chrisler, the Executive Director of the pro-gay Family Equality Council. (FamilyEquality.org)