Sebelius touts health law's work for LGBT community

The statement comes just weeks after President Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage and one day after the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional by the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — both major coups for supporters of gay rights.

Though Sebelius's statement did not mention either development, it referred to "this administration's … core belief in equality."

"This belief means ensuring that LGBT Americans have the same protections and opportunities as their family members, neighbors, friends, and colleagues," Sebelius said.

She specifically noted that the Affordable Care Act extended federal nondiscrimination rules to the healthcare system, meaning "insurers will no longer be able to turn someone away" for their sexual orientation.

And HHS continues work to "incorporate data collection on LGBT populations into national health surveys," to issue rules ensuring same-sex partners are allowed hospital visitation rights, and to combat bullying and LGBT teen suicides, she said.

The Obama reelection campaign launched a outreach program for LGBT Americans on May 23, touting its support for the Hate Crime Prevention Act and its repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell."

And in celebration of Pride Month, as well as his announcement of support for gay marriage, the president will appear with talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on June 6.