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LGBT Politics and Rights through the Obama Era: President Barack Obama’s Evolution on LGBT Issues

Race in the Age of Obama: Part 2

ISBN: 978-1-78350-982-9, eISBN: 978-1-78350-981-2

Publication date: 26 May 2015



To identify the Obama administration’s policy responsiveness to the (African) American LGBT communities.


Theory development and content analysis.


Civic universalism, as a theory, can explain President Obama’s evolution on his support for marriage rights for same-sex couples. Obama employed the concept of e pluribus unum in his many approaches to LGBT responsive politics.

Research limitations

To date, theoretical development within the social sciences of LGBT policy responsiveness is limited.


Very little is written on the subject of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered) politics in the 21st century. The study of the LGBT experience generally has been devoid of political variables because of a lack of attention toward LGBT issues, until recently, in national political party agendas. In this chapter, we review some of the contours of the LGBT community’s fight for political recognition in the United States as a precursor to the election and reelection of President Obama. Drawing parallels with presidential responsiveness toward Blacks in their quest for rights, we examine the Obama administration’s LGBT public policy initiatives as administrative policy and programs. We conclude by identifying new areas of research to explore on LGBT politics.



Perry, R.K. and McCormick, J.P. (2015), "LGBT Politics and Rights through the Obama Era: President Barack Obama’s Evolution on LGBT Issues", Race in the Age of Obama: Part 2 (Research in Race and Ethnic Relations, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 49-75.



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