UPDATE: President Obama Mentions LGBT Rights During G8 Speech In Berlin
Updated 2:45 p.m. est with video
In a G8 speech given by President Obama in Berlin today, LGBT rights played a prominent role.
Transcript of the LGBT portion:
I'd suggest that peace with justice begins with the example we set here at home, for we know from our own histories that intolerance breeds injustice. Whether it's based on race, or religion, gender or sexual orientation, we are stronger when all our people -- no matter who they are or what they look like -- are granted opportunity, and when our wives and our daughters have the same opportunities as our husbands and our sons. (Applause.)
"When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and treat their love and their rights equally under the law, we defend our own liberty as well," Obama said. "We are more free when all people can pursue their own happiness. And as long as walls exist in our hearts to separate us from those who don’t look like us, or think like us, or worship as we do, then we're going to have to work harder, together, to bring those walls of division down."
The president also spoke about nuclear reduction in the U.S. and Russia, Guantanamo Bay and climate change in the much-anticipated speech in front of Germany's storied Brandenburg Gate.