After the world’s most adorable introduction, President Obama addressed LGBT Americans as part of the administration’s celebration of Pride Month.
“From Minnesota to Maryland, from the United States Senate to the NBA, it’s clear we’re reaching a turning point,” the President said after noting the appointment of Nitza Quiñones Alejandro as the nation’s first openly gay hispanic federal judge. “We’ve become not just more accepting, but more loving as a country, as a people. Hearts and minds change with time. Laws do too.”
Obama cited the major strides made in the past few years but acknowledged the tough road still ahead, while reaffirming his commitment to education, gun control and marriage equality — specifically mentioning his home state of Illinois which recently missed out on passing a bill.
Discussing another bill that’s been regularly delayed, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Obama said he is eager to sign it and that “we need to get it done now.” While that may seem impossible, the President reminded those in attendance that crazier things have happened.
“After the last four and a half years, you can’t tell me things can’t happen. Look around, we’ve got gay and lesbian soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines who are here today. We’ve got married couples from places like New York and Washington state.
“You’ve got a couple of guys here on stage,” he said referring to himself and Uncle Joe Biden, “I don’t think anybody in their high schools thought would be the President and Vice President of the United States. So don’t tell me things can’t happen once we put our minds to ’em.”
“The genius of America is that we can change.”