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.
“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.