Though Barack Obama as a candidate for president opposed same-sex marriage, his administration immediately took steps to advance LGBT health issues, like loosening the rules on hospital visitation rights after some same-sex couples had been barred from seeing each other. Rights, the Supreme Court Asks the Question. The federal website, HealthCare. Follow us. As Lawrence spoke to Reed from his office in Fort Bragg, California, it was easy to imagine him as a dynamic lecturer.
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Listen to America. A religious exemption seems to have the upper hand for now, but that could change. The Obama administration in also finalized a regulation, Section of the Affordable Care Act, that banned discrimination in health care based on sexual orientation and extended those protections to transgender individuals for the first time. Last month it established a new religious liberty division to defend health workers who have religious objections to treating LGBT patients.
The statement constitutes an act of political bravery on the president's behalf, as well as a major victory for the gay rights community, which has been pushing him to declare his support for marriage equality for several years.