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Vice President Joe Biden Blasts Global Human Rights Abuses Against LGBT People: VIDEO

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Vice President Joe Biden delivered a powerful speech to approximately 1,000 folks at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles last night focusing on the still-unpassed Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the importance of promoting LGBT rights internationally.

The Washington Blade reports:

“I travelled to most countries in the world, and I can tell you, they’re looking to us as an example, as a champion of LGBT rights everywhere,” Biden said during his 30-minute speech.

Noting that being gay is illegal in 80 countries, Biden laid out the challenges faced by LGBT people overseas. In places like in Jamaica, he decried the practice of “corrective rape” for lesbians, and was critical of the anti-gay law in Nigeria that makes entering into same-sex marriage or supporting LGBT rights punishable with time in prison.

The vice president also criticized Russia, which has recently been condemned by the United States by military incursion into Ukraine, over its law banning pro-gay propaganda to minors.

“By the way, as the great Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov said, ‘A country that does not respect the rights of its citizens will not respect the rights of its neighbors,’ and we’re seeing that today in Ukraine,” Biden said.

Buzzfeed adds that Biden also called the anti-gay discrimination in the U.S. "barbaric":

“Hate can never be defended because it’s a so-called cultural norm,” he said. “I’ve had it up to here with cultural norms.”

He called on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would outlaw discrimination by most private employers against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Read Biden's full remarks HERE.

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  1. I kind of love him.

    Posted by: Kit | Mar 23, 2014 10:30:47 AM


  2. Me too Kit. He speaks about this issue with obvious compassion. He gets it.

    Posted by: Carey | Mar 23, 2014 10:56:22 AM


  3. You have to love that guy. Obama's leadership benefits greatly by having a VP who is smart, experienced, and not afraid to speak his mind.

    Just think where we'd be if Romney was President and Raul Ryan was his advisor, or even worse, President McCain & Vice President Sarah Palin (aka: nightmare scenario).

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Mar 23, 2014 11:58:09 AM


  4. You have to love that guy. Obama's leadership benefits greatly by having a VP who is smart, experienced, and not afraid to speak his mind.

    Just think where we'd be if Romney was President and Raul Ryan was his advisor, or even worse, President McCain & Vice President Sarah Palin (aka: nightmare scenario).

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Mar 23, 2014 11:58:09 AM


  5. We can start right here in the USA. Sign ENDA.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Mar 23, 2014 1:46:22 PM


  6. *As an E.O.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Mar 23, 2014 2:18:29 PM


  7. The end story @26:00 crushed my heart, then stomped on it.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Mar 23, 2014 2:41:00 PM


  8. I have to give him credit, he came to Provincetown a year or so ago and did a fund-raiser.

    Posted by: mike | Mar 23, 2014 2:58:41 PM


  9. Biden is all talk. He also chooses a safe audience to make his spéch. Why doesn't he go to Uganda and make it there?

    Keep in mind that Michelle Obama is living it up in China, that paragon of human rights.

    The Democrats are frauds.

    Posted by: sam | Mar 23, 2014 4:57:30 PM


  10. And what are Republicans praytell?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 23, 2014 5:05:10 PM


  11. Really a great speech. Thanks, Joe.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 23, 2014 6:57:50 PM


  12. Easy gig when speaking to the choir, no offense to the VP, but story not worthy of tweeting.

    Posted by: Corey Mondello | Mar 24, 2014 8:48:52 AM


  13. Why doesn't Biden go to Uganda and make his speech? I don't know, why doesn't Ted Cruz go to a Human Rights Watch dinner and make his about health care? Why don't you go to a White House dinner and make yours about Democrats?

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Mar 24, 2014 10:37:45 AM


  14. @Sam

    And the Republicans can't even fake empathy. Nor can they hide their utter contempt for anyone who is not white, straight and privileged.

    Posted by: Carlie | Mar 24, 2014 12:37:10 PM


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