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LGBT Rights More Important Than Culture, Tradition, Says VP Joe Biden

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In a statement that inspired pro-LGBT communities across the globe, Vice President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that gay and lesbian rights should be given more importance than national cultures and social traditions.

According to Politico, Biden was speaking to a group of U.S. and international gay rights activist when he made the bold statement. Biden, a potential 2016 contender, emphasized that the Obama administration is clear with its promotion of pro-gay policies and rights. Biden added that the current administration’s attitude does not only extend to the LGBT movement inside the U.S., but also to the gay and lesbian communities around the world.

In response to a growing number of international policies discriminating against gays and lesbians, most notably in Russia and Uganda, Joe Biden and other top White House officials corresponded with religious, human rights, and HIV health care activists and professionals.

There have been estimates that about 80 percent of all countries in the world enforce anti-gay policies and laws.

Addressing a crowd of around 100 guests at the Naval Observatory’s vice-presidential mansion, Biden said:

“I don’t care what your culture is. Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.”

Joe Biden has been one of the most prominent pro-gay politicians in the U.S., especially after he declared his support for gay marriage in 2012. In an interview with NBC’sMeet the Press, Joe Biden expressed that he was “absolutely comfortable” with the idea of gay marriage and that he found the growing acceptance of gay and lesbians across the country heartening.

“Look, I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction– beyond that.”

Recently, the U.S government imposed visa bans against Ugandan officials who have been observed to encourage or enforce anti-gay policies in their home country. Last year, Uganda was the center of human rights controversy after President Museveni allowed the passage of the “Kill The Gays Bill” in the Parliament of Uganda. Last May, two Ugandan gay men, Kim Mikusa and Jackson Makusa, were the first to face charges of homosexuality in the country. Despite heavy warnings from Washington to Kampala, Ugandan president Museveni insisted on a country-wide persecution of gays and lesbians.

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38 Responses to “LGBT Rights More Important Than Culture, Tradition, Says VP Joe Biden”

  1. Anonymous

    God, please protect us from these people. The nation has a sorry excuse for a Prez and it is scary to think that Joe Biden is second in line of something happens. We need to pray for our government – they are failing miserably

  2. Wes Cook

    So 3% of our population is more important than tradition, religion, and moral living….more stupidity from Joe!

  3. Tom Marten

    Screw your traditions and your prejudice. Pity any of your friends or family that are gay. To you they must be in the closet.

  4. Elaina Lehman

    dewime, Wes Cook, and freebyrd711, you are all disgusting people. To bash Joe Biden because he believes that gay people are entitled to the same rights that you and I enjoy every day, is disgusting.

    I'm sure that people like you will be the first to say "Well I don't care if there are tens of millions of Muslims and Jews in America, I don't want them to tell me I can't eat pork, I don't care about their culture."

    See the point? It doesn't matter that Muslims and Jews can't have pork, they're not making you not eat it, you're still free to make that choice, why should gay marriage be any different?

    If you don't like gay marriage, DON'T MARRY SOMEONE OF THE SAME SEX! Easy as that.

  5. Yveltal

    Tom Marten Screw your gay friends, literally.

    Gays are not normal and they should never be accepted. It's not healthy, it causes STDs, and frankly, it is utterly disgusting.

    Yes, you shouldn't get in the way of love, but when love got out of control, someone has to right the wrong. IT IS NOT NORMAL.

    Do you want USA to be annihilated like Sodom and Gomorrah?

  6. Shannon Hubbell

    A culture that does not protect the rights of minorities is a culture I want no part of.

  7. Xerneas

    Shannon Hubbell It's not that we want to get in the way of love, but that love is wrong on so many levels. If we can't talk through you, the only way left is by force.

    What made you think gay marriage should be legalised? In a marriage there's sex (don't try to talk your way out of this by saying "not always", I'm talking about the majority).

    First of all, you(the gays, not you literally) cannot have children. Yes, you adopt. What happens then? You taught him/her to be gay too? What if everyone becomes gay?

    Second, you are carrying a fucking huge risk of STD when you do anal sex

    Third… it's my and my brother's opinion. It's morally wrong because of reasons stated above. Like my brother said, Do you want USA to be annihilated like Sodom and Gomorrah?

  8. Shannon Hubbell

    Xerneas By force? Because you can't mind your own business? THAT is disgusting and immoral. Stay out of other people's lives.

    Also, people can't be taught to be gay, so your entire premise is wrong. And no, we will not be annihilated like Sodom and Gommorah. If God would do that He is not worth worshiping.

  9. Shannon Hubbell

    Xerneas Respond again if you like, but I won't be. I have no time for petty theocrats like you.

  10. Greg Hejl

    To all the homophobes out there – Who exactly bestowed upon you the right to tell an individual how to live their personal life? Who are you to play God in another persons life? Who exactly told you that gay people are bad? your fathers? who were probably molested by the priests in your religion? Marriage is supposed to be about partnership and love of another. your denial comes from a place of hate and we should not be hating one another, we should be recognizing cooperation and partnership wherever it occurs. – have a nice day!

  11. Curtis Zinn

    Shannon Hubbell That wasn't a response to you… it was for Yveltal. The comment set-up here is terrible.

  12. Shannon Hubbell

    Curtis Zinn Yeah, I figured. I hate it when people use FB for comments.

  13. Anonymous

    ah yes stay at home and pray someone else fixes all your problems. let me know how that goes when you have terminal cancer.

  14. Shannon Hubbell

    Yveltal Oh, yay. Another internet tough guy. I'm quaking in my damn boots.

  15. CIA Teens Ministry

    God, nobody we're just telling them the truth, doctors, yes, and no I don't believe that.

    Wow, look at the hate scale on that comment! IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAND!!
    Jokes aside, we're just telling you that gay marriage and gay sex are wrong.

    biological level homosexual attraction is just ridiculous: why would you feel sexually attracted to the same sex when you exhibit the same characteristics that you may search in other members of the same sex? Does that mean you are constantly sexually attracted to yourself?

  16. Garrett Routledge

    They are masquerading as Pokemon and parroting what their parents taught them in their dogmatic church, why are any of you bothering to reply to Yveltal and Xerneas…

    Look "brothers," quit using your bible as an excuse to bully a minority. You're not getting into heaven. I can guarantee both of you have broken at least 3 commandments by now and have participated in one of the 7 deadly sins right here on this forum – wrath. Not to mention Jesus specifically said "Judge not lest he be judged" and "He who is without sin shall cast the first stone." Are either of you without sin according the bible? There's no way. Absolutely no way, and you're digging yourselves into a deeper hole attempting to do work reserved for your God. So enjoy reaching the pearly gates and having them slammed in your face for trying to do a job way above your pay grade and refusing to follow the teachings in your own religion.
    Lucky enough for everyone else, the US and most other Christian nations aren't entirely basing their inner workings on the bible anymore. Do you know what happened last time humanity got up in arms about other groups of people that they felt needed to be contained?
    We got the crusades and hundreds and hundreds of women and children (not to mention men!) were slaughtered. Good luck trying to get anyone else to join in on this failing new anti-gay crusade. It's 2014, get used to it.

  17. Wes Cook

    Typical liberals, agree with them or your wrong….I believe in the bible and tradition…your hero's Hillary and Obama didn't even condone it until march 2013, barely more than a year ago….marriage is a religious ceremony, and the gay lifestyle is not condoned in the bible (refer to Sodom and Gomorra) ALSO does the T stand for in LGBT…Transgender/Transexual… to change the sex god assigned you is slap in his face, sorry 3% but you better find GOD! One more thing, if a nun or priest can live a life of celibacy as tens of thousands have done over centuries, I think anyone can!

  18. Shannon Hubbell

    Garrett Routledge "…why are you bothering to reply…"

    Good question. I really should learn to avoid interacting with these people.

  19. Ace Trainers

    With all due respect, please do. Gay sex and gay marriage is what we need right now to purge this world of traditional marriage. Don't have a child, adopt, adopt, and adopt until there's nothing left! WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE GAY, MAN! It's 2014, so WHY THE HELL NOT? I support this 100%

  20. Alyssa C Black

    Please back up claims homosexual behavior brings higher risk of stds. Also whats it to you? It aint your genitals at risk anyway.

    "What if the whole world was gay?" Never going to happen-ever. What is your worry here if such a situation were plausible? That the human race will die out? If we ALL (thats billions of people) magically turn gay do we forget about IVF and surrogacy?

    To OP- 3%??? Haha where did you get that from? That minority group is important to support moral living since treating others as less than you is (assuming you are christian I shouldn't have to tell you) not moral. You have some pretty nazi ideas if you think any size minority is less than another. From this athiest to you- that aint even close to what your god taught.

  21. Cecil Barrimond

    Homosexuals are filthy and is wrong and is releasing a stench throughout the world, they will not succeed, its an acquired lifestyle, and wrong and as such, it will not prevail, your head is twisted like oyhers alike.

  22. Greg Hejl

    @ Cecil – Why is someone elses private life ANY of your business? What right do you claim to tell someone how to live theirs? I would really like to know who told you that butting into other peoples lives is your right. it's exactly YOUR attitude that is filled with disgust and stench and you want to spray your disgust and stench at others. look in the mirror when you speak the words you do. Those thoughts are yours and only belong to you. only you can choose the thoughts in your mind. twisted thoughts are only in your head. I choose to support love, cooperation, and friendship. these are the thoughts that make a good neighbors.

  23. Derron S. Borders

    Cecil Barrimond I find it hilarious that when I go to your page, you are a fan of the Ellen show. Did you know not that Ellen is gay? She doesn't want filth like you watching her show.

  24. David Abbe

    Cecil Barrimond
    "So what, the ugly face of the american culture continues to show its ugly face. Everyone was born equal with the equal rights to be born."

  25. Kevin Walker

    The Vice President has evidently been bought off by LGBT dollars and is politicking for 2016. He has made himself unfit for running for President and should be seen as spiritually and morally corrupt. If those who practice beastiality through enough votes his way, you can be sure what direction he will lean. He and his superior have become a liability to the United States and to the world. The blackmailing of Uganda over their beliefs is appalling. Removing aid to them when there is nothing said to the Saudi's shows the character of this now defunct human being is. He has become what all gays are, defiant towards God and spiritually bankrupt.

  26. Doug Dante

    VP Biden says “Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.”

    Please join me in asking the administration to stop the appearance that they are denying the civil rights of boys and men who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence equal access to victim's services. This includes the appearance that the administration may be illegally discriminating against bisexual, transgender, and straight boys and men who are more likely to be victims of domestic or sexual violence by women.

    Action Opportunity: Send a Courtesy Reminder: The Appearance of Corruption and Negligence in the Administration of Grants to State Coalitions Against Domestic Violence Continues

    http://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights/comments/289yvr/action_opportunity_send_a_courtesy_reminder_the/

    Thank you!

  27. Corbin Powell

    Oh look, another Christian who doesn't understand how consent works. I'd hate to be his significant other.

    And, yes, laws allowing the detention of people for being gay is wrong.

  28. Corbin Powell

    Oh look, another Christian who doesn't understand how consent works. I'd hate to be his significant other.

    And, yes, laws allowing the detention of people for being gay is wrong.

  29. Kevin Walker

    Corbin Powell 1st, pandering to a bunch of homosexuals is flat out wrong. This is or was a Christian nation. Joe Biden is selling the values this country was built on. In this day of political correctness, decency and morals have been put on the back burner so a group of pansies feelings don't get hurt.
    2ndly, Christianity is about living according to the will of how God wants us to live. Now I know all people aren't concerned with this idea and that is there right, however gays and lesbians do not have the right to inflict their ideas upon me. They attempt to change everything that is good for their so called quest for equality. They have the right to serve whatever force they chose, but it isn't of God.