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March 23, 2014

Biden also called on the US Congress to immediately pass ENDA – an anti-workplace-discrimination bill that has been introduced every year for the last 20 years but was never passed

US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Congress to pass a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians, and declared that the United States is committed to champion LGBT equality worldwide.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala held in downtown Los Angeles, the Vice President told the almost 1,000-strong audience that it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject and it's 'close to barbaric' that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

December 24, 2013

Palin stumped when asked about his 'graphic' and 'offensive' anti-gay comments

Sarah Palin was one of the first high-profile people to take to Twitter to defend Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson last week when his anti-gay comments surfaced.

She tweeted: 'Free speech is an endangered species. Those "intolerants" hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch are taking on all of us.'

While Palin has not retracted her defense of Robertson, she has admitted to not having read his comments to GQ magazine before or after sending her tweet.

November 3, 2013

New book Double Down says President Obama was a gay marriage supporter since 2004

According to a new book about the 2012 US presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden was in hot water after he announced he was for gay marriage.

November 3, 2013

New book Double Down says President Obama was a gay marriage supporter since 2004

According to a new book about the 2012 US presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden was in hot water after he announced he was for gay marriage.

October 4, 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden has told the organizers of the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner that he will no longer be able to be its keynote speaker as a result of Republicans in Congress defunding the US Government

US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled an appearance at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner where he was due to give the keynote speech to 3,400 guests on Saturday, saying Congressional Republicans’ defunding of the US Government makes it impossible.

Biden has also cancelled an appearance at a fundraiser for the Democratic Campaign Committee on Monday which raises funds for Democratic House of Representatives candidates.

October 4, 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden has told the organizers of the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner that he will no longer be able to be its keynote speaker as a result of Republicans in Congress defunding the US Government

US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled an appearance at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner where he was due to give the keynote speech to 3,400 guests on Saturday, saying Congressional Republicans’ defunding of the US Government makes it impossible.

Biden has also cancelled an appearance at a fundraiser for the Democratic Campaign Committee on Monday which raises funds for Democratic House of Representatives candidates.

September 16, 2013

'I could not remain silent any more. It's time we stopped talking. It’s the civil rights of our day'

As pressure mounted last year on US President Barack Obama to take a stand on an issue - gay marriage - on which he was still famously 'evolving,' it was his vice president who gave him the nudge he needed.

Joe Biden went on NBC's Meet the Press and expressed his personal support for same-sex marriage. Just days later, Obama did the same in an interview with ABC News.

'A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any more,' Biden said on Sunday (15 September) at a political fundraiser in Iowa.

September 16, 2013

'I could not remain silent any more. It's time we stopped talking. It’s the civil rights of our day'

As pressure mounted last year on US President Barack Obama to take a stand on an issue - gay marriage - on which he was still famously 'evolving,' it was his vice president who gave him the nudge he needed.

Joe Biden went on NBC's Meet the Press and expressed his personal support for same-sex marriage. Just days later, Obama did the same in an interview with ABC News.

'A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any more,' Biden said on Sunday (15 September) at a political fundraiser in Iowa.

June 14, 2013

President continues to resist pressure to sign executive order on non-discrimination act

President Barack Obama wants to see the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act enacted but he remains unwilling to go around congress and sign it into law by Executive Order.

Obama, appearing with Vice President Joe Biden at the LGBT Pride Month Reception at The White House Thursday (13 June), said of ENDA: 'We need to get that passed. I want to sign that bill, we need to get it done now.'

He added: 'I think we can make that happen because after the last four-and-a-half years, you can't tell me things can't happen.'

June 14, 2013

President continues to resist pressure to sign executive order on non-discrimination act

President Barack Obama wants to see the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act enacted but he remains unwilling to go around congress and sign it into law by Executive Order.

Obama, appearing with Vice President Joe Biden at the LGBT Pride Month Reception at The White House Thursday (13 June), said of ENDA: 'We need to get that passed. I want to sign that bill, we need to get it done now.'

He added: 'I think we can make that happen because after the last four-and-a-half years, you can't tell me things can't happen.'

June 4, 2013

Cites the personal experiences of a transgender friend in his call for action

Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden is taking a lead role in trying to secure legal protections for the transgender people in his state where gay marriage recently became legal.

The son of US Vice President Joe Biden says in a new video that he has a transgender friend who 'has spoken to me about her fear of living without basic legal protections.'

June 4, 2013

Cites the personal experiences of a transgender friend in his call for action

Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden is taking a lead role in trying to secure legal protections for the transgender people in his state where gay marriage recently became legal.

The son of US Vice President Joe Biden says in a new video that he has a transgender friend who 'has spoken to me about her fear of living without basic legal protections.'

April 8, 2013

Same-sex marriage has become more widely accepted across the US in the last year.

Support for marriage equality has grown across all 50 US states over the past eight years, a new report has found.

Published by the UCLA's Williams Institute, 'Public Support for Marriage for Same-Sex Couples by State', it found with an average increase of 13.6%. 

March 29, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden had credited same show with shifting public opinion

Will & Grace ended its run in 2006, but the sitcom about a gay man and his straight female best friend is still be very much in the current conversation about gay marriage.

Gay marriage foe Rick Santorum, the former US senator who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, discussed the show's impact on gay marriage during the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month.

March 29, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden had credited same show with shifting public opinion

Will & Grace ended its run in 2006, but the sitcom about a gay man and his straight female best friend is still be very much in the current conversation about gay marriage.

Gay marriage foe Rick Santorum, the former US senator who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, discussed the show's impact on gay marriage during the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month.

March 18, 2013

Former Secretary of State has revealed her support for same-sex marriage, fueling rumors she will run again for president in 2016

Hillary Clinton has come out for marriage equality.

On Monday (18 March), the US Democrat made the announcement in an online video released by the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign.

In the five-minute video, she says gays and lesbians are ‘full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship.’

‘That includes marriage,’ Clinton says, adding she backs same-sex marriage both ‘personally and as a matter of policy and law.’

February 23, 2013

Republicans in the US House of Representatives fail to mention lesbians in their Violence Against Women Act renewal plan

Yesterday (February 22), Republicans in the US House of Representative presented their version of the Violence Against Women Act. Gay and lesbian victims of domestic violence are not explicitly mentioned.

February 13, 2013

Also include new assurances for immigrants and Native American women

In a bi-partisan vote, the US Senate on Tuesday (12 February) renewed the Violence Against Women Act which had expired in 2011.

But the renewal of the two-decade-old act was more inclusive this time around: it comes with assurances that gays and lesbians, Native American women and immigrants will have equal access to the act's anti-domestic violence programs.

Senators voted 78-22 to renew the act which has been credited with helping reduce the rates of domestic violence against women in the US.

January 21, 2013

Anti-gay leader Tony Perkins calls the LGBT support campaign 'deceptive and destructive'

Political pundit Tony Perkins has lashed out against the It Gets Better campaign on his radio show Washington Watch.

Perkins, who is president of anti-equality group Family Research Council, took a phone call on his US-based talk show and began discussing the 'higher rate of depression among those who engage in homosexual lifestyle'

December 26, 2012

'When we get to see those changes before our eyes, it really is energizing'

Jane Velez-Mitchell may not be as famous as Anderson Cooper, but she gets about as much airtime each night as the host of her own show on CNN's sister network, HLN.

Velez-Mitchell also beat Cooper out of the closet when in 2007 during a live radio show, she told listeners that she was in a relationship with a woman.

Since then, the 56-year-old television personality has felt more comfortable and fully authentic when covering LGBT topics.

October 31, 2012

US VP speaks out for transgender rights in Florida, where Mitt Romney leads President Obama in electoral votes by 1%

US Vice President Joe Biden addressed transgender rights at an Obama for American office in Sarasota, Florida on Tuesday (30 October).

According to the Huffington Post, Vice President Joe Biden commented on transgender discrimination to a woman in the crowd names Linda Carragher Bourne.

Bourne told the vice president her daughter was Miss Trans New England, a teen pageant that according to their website is 'not affiliated with the Miss American Organization in any way'.

October 31, 2012

US VP speaks out for transgender rights in Florida, where Mitt Romney leads President Obama in electoral votes by 1%

US Vice President Joe Biden addressed transgender rights at an Obama for American office in Sarasota, Florida on Tuesday (30 October).

According to the Huffington Post, Vice President Joe Biden commented on transgender discrimination to a woman in the crowd names Linda Carragher Bourne.

Bourne told the vice president her daughter was Miss Trans New England, a teen pageant that according to their website is 'not affiliated with the Miss American Organization in any way'.

September 16, 2012

The Republican lawyer fighting to overturn the Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage in California is coaching Republican Vice Presidential Candidate and marriage equality foe Paul Ryan for upcoming US election debates

One of the lead attorneys fighting the federal challenge to the state of California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is helping to coach Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan to prepare for debates during upcoming US elections.

Theodore Olson, a Republican lawyer and supporter of marriage equality will stand in for the incumbent US Vice President Joe Biden during a series of behind-closed-doors mock debates with Ryan to prepare him for the real thing.

September 16, 2012

The Republican lawyer fighting to overturn the Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage in California is coaching Republican Vice Presidential Candidate and marriage equality foe Paul Ryan for upcoming US election debates

One of the lead attorneys fighting the federal challenge to the state of California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is helping to coach Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan to prepare for debates during upcoming US elections.

Theodore Olson, a Republican lawyer and supporter of marriage equality will stand in for the incumbent US Vice President Joe Biden during a series of behind-closed-doors mock debates with Ryan to prepare him for the real thing.