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The Obama administration has fulfilled a few other items on its agenda - Mr. Obama has already enacted a law making it a federal crime to assault someone for their sexual orientation or gender identity, and lifted a ban on using HIV/AIDS funding to run “needle-exchange” programs for drug users. But the administration has some other unfinished business, such as repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, and extending adoption rights to gay couples.

Special interest groups have a request or two, too. This month, the Center for American Progress released a report on gay and transgender homeless youth. They have asked that Mr. Obama write an executive order to identify these youth as a special-needs population, and for Congress to allocate $3 million to fund programs for them.