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President Obama, who kicked off his Africa tour yesterday in Senegal, West Africa addressed the treatment of LGBT community during a press conference.
Standing alongside President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal, President Obama highlighted the Golden Rule as a principle for governance.
"I don’t believe in discrimination of any sort,” said Obama. “So my basic view is that regardless of race, regardless of religion, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation, when it comes to how the law treats you, how the state treats you -- the benefits, the rights and the responsibilities under the law -- people should be treated equally."
President Obama has led the way on significant advancements in equality for the United States’ LGBT community. From his historic endorsement of marriage equality, to repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” to hospital visitation for same-sex partners and numerous other administrative changes throughout the government, President Obama has done more to improve the lives of LGBT people than any president in our nation’s history.