Emma Straub is the author of the novel Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and the short story collection Other People We Married. She lives in Brooklyn, where she also works as a bookseller.
REASON 75: President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.I like President Obama for many, many reasons. I like that he’s capable of spontaneously singing some Al Green, and that he has an actual sense of humor, and that he married Michelle, and that he hired Beyoncé to serenade them when given the proper opportunity. But those are all personal things that I have seen on the Internet or on television—things about Barack Obama as a man. The list of reasons why I like Obama as a president is even longer. One of my favorite things about Obama as a president is that he will not stand for prejudice or hate. In addition to actively supporting marriage equality, with all its happy benefits, President Obama has also taken serious action against those who commit hate crimes based on sexual orientation.
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