Obama Calls for LGBT Equality in Berlin Speech

President Barack Obama

Earlier today, President Obama addressed the German people in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and expressed his commitment to LGBT people.

“When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and treat their love and their rights equally under the law, we defend our own liberty as well.  We are more free when all people can pursue their own happiness. We are more free when all people can pursue their own happiness.  And as long as walls exist in our hearts to separate us from those who don’t look like us, or think like us, or worship as we do, then we’re going to have to work harder, together, to bring those walls of division down.”  

Echoing his 2013 inaugural address, where he stated, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well”, Obama called on the international community to continue to push for LGBT human rights.

You can read the text of the full speech here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/19/remarks-president-obama-brandenburg-gate-berlin-germany

Also today, Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at the State Departments pride celebration. Today’s speech will mark the first time, Kerry, as Secretary of State will address LGBT equality and how the foreign affairs community can support the human rights of LGBT persons globally. Mara Kiesling, Executive Director, of the National Center for Transgender Equality will also be speaking at today’s event. Details from this event will be posted as they become available.

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