President Barack Obama said he "could not be prouder" of his administration's work to advance gay rights in America.
Obama spoke to about 600 members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community at a fundraiser event in Los Angeles Wednesday night.
"We got some stuff done these last three and half years, with relatively modest cooperation from the other side," Obama told the crowd.
The president also praised the work of Dr. Vito Imbasciani, the man who introduced him to the crowd at the event. Imbasciani is a surgeon in the military, who can now serve openly because of his repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"I refuse to let anybody re-impose a law that would force Vito back into the shadows when he's serving on our behalf and our safety and our security," Obama said. "That's not something I will tolerate."
The Obama campaign is expected to raise more than $5 million from the Los Angeles event and a stop in San Francisco this week.
"I think LGBT community is going to show up in a big way for this president -- but not only the LGBT community, it's our parents, our families, our allies," one California supporter said.
During his address, the president did not mention Mitt Romney by name, but he did suggest the former Massachusetts governor would be less supportive of gay rights.