Obama Administration

Accomplishments on Civil & Human Rights

  • Scientists researching the potential benefits of medical marijuana can apply to grow their own marijuana after the DEA lifted the ban limiting the number of institutions allowed grow the plant
  • Transgender Americans able to serve openly in the military after the Department of Defense lifted a ban prohibiting them from serving
  • All Freedom of Information request responses to be posted online after a successful pilot program was permanately expanded and signed into law
    Jun 30 2016
  • First openly gay Secretary of the Army confirmed unanimously by the Senate
  • Transgender students in public schools must be allowed to use the bathrooms of their gender identity under new rule by the Obama Administration
  • Stonewall Inn named the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the United States
  • First woman on American currency in more than 100 years will be Harriet Tubman after the Treasury Department announced she will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill
    Apr 20 2016
  • Gender neutral restrooms available for White House staff and visitors so individuals can use the bathroom that conforms to their gender identity
  • General Lori Robinson becomes first woman nominated to lead a combatant command in the United States military
    Mar 18 2016
  • Medical marijuana patients may purchase prescriptions without fear of arrest after DEA prohibited from raiding legal dispensaries
  • Female soldiers roles expanded to serve in any combat position
  • Transgender Americans may not be discriminated against by health insurance companies or medical providers
  • First openly transgender person hired by White House to work as civilian employee
  • Sexual orientation discrimination against Federal employees ruled illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Abortion coverage extended to Peace Corps volunteers who became pregnant because of rape, incest, and life endangerment
    Dec 16 2014
  • President Obama signs executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminting against LGBT individuals
  • Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court
  • President Obama becomes first sitting president to publicly support marriage equality
  • US government international campaign initiated to build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide
    Dec 06 2011
  • US sponsored measure to include “sexual orientation” in the definition of human rights adopted by the UN General Assembly, 122- 0.
    Dec 22 2010
  • $1.5 billion awarded to some 75,000 black farmers who were victims of discrimination in applying for farm loans from 1983 to 1997
    Dec 08 2010
  • $3.4 billion settlement for Native Americans against the US government arising from incorrect accounting for royalties on mineral leases
    Dec 08 2010
  • Federal benefits extended to same sex partners of workers through memorandum by Obama administration
  • Transgender Americans able to list their gender identity on their passports under rule issued by the State Department
  • Women are no longer charged higher premiums because of their gender
  • Discrimination based on gender identity banned in federal workplaces
    Jan 01 2010
  • People with HIV/AIDS no longer prohibited from entering the United States
    Oct 30 2009
  • First-ever reception at the White House honoring Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, Bisexual Pride Month hosted by the President and First lady
    Jun 29 2009
  • Restrictions eased on Cuba travel, money transfers, and cellular telephone/satellite service.
  • Statute of limitations on filing equal-pay lawsuits eased by setting period to start from the date of the most recent paycheck.
    Jan 29 2009
  • Pay discrimination based on gender, race, color, national origin, age and disability prohibited.
    Jan 29 2009
  • Employers prompted to review, develop and update their criteria on employee compensation to ensure they are applied consistently and uniformly.
    Jan 29 2009
  • Use of torture by CIA and military to interrogate prisoners prohibited.
    Jan 21 2009