San Francisco Pride is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation -- a tribute to our proud history of advocacy for equal rights and the LGBT community's contributions to our city, our state, and our nation.
We have made great progress towards ending discrimination in our laws. Under President Obama's leadership, Democrats passed a fully-inclusive hate crimes law and discarded the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the dustbin of history. With the leadership of President Obama, we have acted to protect vulnerable LGBT refugees, ensured foreign aid promotes LGBT rights, and enlisted international organizations in the fight against discrimination. The President made it his policy to no longer defend the shameful Defense of Marriage Act in court -- and, a few weeks ago, for the first time, a Circuit Court of Appeals struck down this discriminatory law.
Despite these steps forward, we know that more must be done. As we work toward a tomorrow of respect and progress for LGBT Americans, we must keep fighting in Congress to end bullying in schools, inequality in marriage and in the workplace, and discrimination in our laws.