This isn't going to be a long diary. I saw the Obama campaign's latest ad, which places LGBT rights front and center, and just wanted to share it. It's called "Keeping His Word: Equality for LGBT Americans." From the YouTube description:
Know the facts. Get the truth: http://OFA.BO/...Follow me below the fold to watch the ad.
Four years ago Barack Obama promised to stand with the LGBT community. As President he repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law, appointed more LGBT people to his executive branch than all of his predecessors combined, expanded hospital visitation rights for same-sex partners, directed the Justice Department not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and affirmed his personal support for marriage equality.
I haven't been alive for long enough to see many presidents, but even I am not quite used to this. How far we've come. I love that we accomplished these things, and I also love that President Obama is so proudly touting them. We still have a long way to go. But the contrast between Romney and the President couldn't be more distinct on these issues.