WASHINGTON — Barack Obama hosted a “gay pride” reception at the White House on Wednesday as part of LGBT month recognized by his administration each June, declaring that there are still “minds to change” on the issue.
Obama spoke to a crowd in the White House East Room while being accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. He touted the achievements that his administration had made in the six years that he has been president.
“Together, we ended ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We passed a historic hate-crimes bill named in part after Matthew Shepard. We lifted the HIV entry ban, and this summer, we’re going to be updating our national HIV/AIDS strategy, which will focus on eliminating disparities that gay and bisexual men and transgender women face,” Obama said.
“When I became President, same-sex marriage was legal in only two states. Today, it’s legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia,” he continued. “A decade ago, politicians ran against LGBT rights. Today, they’re running towards them.”
At one point, Obama was heckled by an transgendered attendee who protested the deportation of homosexual and transgendered immigrants.
“Hey, listen. You’re in my house,” he responded. “You know what? It’s not respectful when you get invited [by] somebody. You’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this. … Shame on you, you shouldn’t be doing this. … You know, my attitude is if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres and drinking the booze…”
After the person was escorted out, Obama went back to his speech, asserting that he had further goals to change the nation’s mind about homosexuality.
“There are still battles to wage, more hearts and minds to change. As long as there’s a single child in America that’s afraid they won’t be accepted for who they are, we’ve got more work to do,” he stated. “But if the people in this room and our friends and allies across the country have proven anything, it’s that even in the toughest of circumstances, against the greatest possible odds, in America, change is possible.”
“And, of course, we’re now awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling on whether same-sex couples nationwide have the equal right to marry,” Obama said.”There are a few decisions coming down these next few days that I’m paying close attention to. But however the decision comes down on the marriage issue, one thing is undeniable—there has been this incredible shift in attitudes across the country.”
But after video of his speech was posted to the White House Facebook page, some expressed disgust at the presidents priorities and agendas.
“I am ashamed. I voted for you, but not for this,” wrote one commenter named Arthur. “LGBT people have rights and I defend those. But marriage is between one man and one woman.”
“It’s absolutely shameful that this actually took place in the White House and I am so totally upset that Obama supports this,” said another named Margo. “I actually thought you were a Bible believing, God fearing man, Mr. Obama. Very, very disappointed in you to hear of this!”
“Thanks for destroying the value of God’s design for marriage,” a third commenter named Rhonda wrote. “I’ve seen their parades and it ain’t about true love; it is perversion for men to wear nothing and shake in front of families with children and cause confusion.”
“If you really were a Christian, you sure don’t act like Christlike, but you conform to worldly values. Asking God to do judgment on our country by changing His values and design this country was founded on when He sent the godly believers here,” she continued. “So keep it going to [the] pit and you will see the writing on the wall, so to speak. His kingdom come, His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Sin is sin and correction is what our heavenly Father will have to do on the just and unjust. God help us America!”