President Obama Speaks at White House Pride Reception

Screen Cap via YouTube.

Screen Cap via YouTube.

What has now become a tradition, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attended and spoke at the White House for Pride Month. Inviting exclusive media and guests to the event, Obama took the time to talk about the changing tides on gay and lesbian marriage . “And I agree that we’re not going to have to wait that long [for marriage] because from Minnesota to Maryland, from the United States Senate to the NBA, it’s clear we’re reaching a turning point…We’ve become not just more accepting; we’ve become more loving, as a country, and as a people.”

Obama faced his critics who have said that he hasn’t done enough for the LGBT community by including a laundry list of his accomplishments. “That’s the principle that’s guided my administration over the past four and a half years. We passed a hate crimes bill in Matthew Shepard’s name. We lifted the HIV entry ban, released the first national HIV/AIDS strategy.  We strengthened the Violence Against Women Act to protect LGBT victims.  We told hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid that they have to treat LGBT patients just like everybody else. Starting next year, the Affordable Care Act will ban insurance companies from denying someone from coverage just for being LGBT.  We put in place new policies that treat transgender Americans with dignity and respect. And because no one should have to hide who they love to serve the country that they love, we ended “don’t ask, don’t tell” once and for all.”

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