Watch: Vice President Joe Biden Speaks Out For Gay Rights At HRC Gala

Vice President Joe Biden delivered a powerful speech at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday, focusing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the importance of promoting LGBT rights internationally.

“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.

BuzzFeed reports:

Vice President Joe Biden called employers’ ability in some states to fire employees because of their sexuality “barbaric” and “bizarre” during a keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign Gala dinner Saturday.

“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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