Washington, DC - June 13, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama

"In 34 states you can be fired just because of who you are or who you love. That's wrong, we've got to change it, there's a bipartisan bill moving forward in the Senate that would ban discrimination against all LGBT Americans in work place now and forever. We need to get that passed. I want to sign that bill, we need to get that done now. 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. Look around, we've got gay and lesbian soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who are here today. We've got married couples from places like New York and Washington state. You've got a couple of guys here on stage who I don't think anybody in their high schools thought would be the president and vice presidents of the United States (laughter)... So don't tell me that things can't happen when we put our minds to it. The genius of America is that American can change. And people who love this country can change it and that's what we're called to do. And I hope that when we gather here next year and the year after that we'll be able to say with pride and confidence that together we made our fellow citizens a little more free, we made this country a little more equal, we made our world a little more full of love"


President Barack Obama is marking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month by calling on Congress to pass legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians.

He says such bias is wrong and must be changed.

Obama says legislation pending in Congress would ban such discrimination "now and forever." Said Obama: "We need to get that passed."

The president spoke Thursday at a White House reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month.