Despite Setback, Gay Rights Move Forward

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September 22, 2010


"President Obama has had an effect as well, said Jennifer Pizer, director of the national marriage project of the Western regional office of Lambda Legal, a public interest legal group for gay issues.

"Activists have criticized the president for the Justice Department's defense of the federal laws being challenged, but he has also urged the repeal of laws that discriminate against gay men and lesbians.

"'Having the president repeatedly say these rules discriminate and cause harm — so the discussion shifts to choice of processes for removing them rather than justifying them — seems to have changed the discussion,' she said."