President Obama emphasized the importance of gay rights Wednesday during a speech at the United Nations largely devoted to anti-terrorism and global development issues.
In his speech before the 193-member U.N. General Assembly, Obama included a mention of gay rights in a portion of his speech dedicated to human rights issues.
“No country should deny people their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere,” Obama said.
It’s the first time that a sitting U.S. president has mentioned gay rights in a speech before the full U.N. General Assembly.
Mark Bromley, chair of the Council for Global Equality, praised President Obama for including gay rights in his speech.
“The remarks were historic,” Bromley said. “Never before has a sitting U.S. President spoken so clearly about LGBT rights in a formal address to the full General Assembly. It shows how far we have come.”