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US Vice President Joe Biden praises LGBT community during visit to Provincetown

'You have summoned the courage to speak out, to come out. We owe you'

US Vice President Joe Biden, paying a visit to Provincetown, Massachusetts, over the weekend to headline a pair of fundraisers, had high praise for the area's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

'Many of you have advanced civil rights at great expense,' he said. 'If I had to use one adjective to describe this community it'd be courage. You have summoned the courage to speak out, to come out. We owe you.'

'You are freeing the soul of the American people,' Biden added, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Biden is the first sitting vice president to visit Provincetown since Al Gore in 1996.

Back in May, Biden's comments in favor of gay marriage forced President Barack Obama to publicly endorse marriage equality far earlier than he had originally planned.

Biden said then on NBC's Meet the Press: 'I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction-- beyond that,.'

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