President Obama's Promises About Civil Rights

Promises Stalled Work to lift ban on gays serving openly in the military (Comments)
"Obama will work with military leaders to repeal the current [Don't Ask, Don't Tell] policy and ensure we accomplish our national defense goals." —

Clean up the Justice Department (Comments)
"I will rid the department of ideologues and political cronies…the Civil Rights Division will actually be staffed with civil rights lawyers who prosecute civil rights violations, and employment discrimination, and hate crimes." — 09/28/07, Washington, D.C.

Strengthen hate crime laws (Comments)
"Obama will strengthen federal hate crimes legislation and reinvigorate enforcement at the Department of Justice's Criminal Section." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Outlaw job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity (Comments)
"I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity." — 02/28/08, Obama letter to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans

Advocate equal treatment of same sex couples (Comments)
"As your president, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws." — 02/28/08, Obama letter to LGBT Americans

Keep commitment to gay rights (Comments)
"I will never compromise on my commitment to equal rights for all LGBT Americans." — 02/28/08, Obama letter to LGBT Americans

Remove discriminatory barriers to voting (Comments)
"Obama will remove discriminatory barriers to the right to vote." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Penalize those engaged in voter fraud (Comments)
"Obama will sign into law his legislation that establishes harsh penalties for those who have engaged in voter fraud and provides voters who have been misinformed with accurate and full information so they can vote." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Work to overturn Supreme Court's ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear (Comments)
"Obama will work to overturn the Supreme Court's recent ruling that curtails racial minorities' and women's ability to challenge pay discrimination." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Fight age discrimination (Comments)
"Obama will fight job discrimination for aging employees by strengthening the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and empowering the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to prevent all forms of discrimination." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Ensure equal pay for women (Comments)
"Obama will also pass the Fair Pay Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

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