US President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for gay rights in an impassioned speech to accept his official Democrat Party nomination to run for the White House again.
The country’s first ever president to back gay marriage was greeted with cheers and waving of banners reading ‘LGBT for Obama’ after he stood up for the nation’s minority groups at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday (5 September).
‘We don’t think government can solve all our problems,’ Obama said.
‘But we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems – any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles.
The president also made reference to last September’s repeal of the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy which barred serving officers from coming out.
He said it is because of his supporters that ‘selfless soldiers won’t be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love.’
Obama urged people not to become apathetic about voting and to use their voice to change the country for the better, again showing his support for same-sex marriage.
‘If you turn away now, if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn’t possible, well, change will not happen,’ he added.
‘If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void: lobbyists and special interests; the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election and those who are making it harder for you to vote; Washington politicians who want to decide who you can marry, or control health care choices that women should make for themselves.’
Obama will go head to head against Republican candidate Mitt Romney when Americans go to the polls on 6 November.
Watch the full speech below: