Obama: ‘Who You Are and Who You Love Shouldn’t Be a Fireable Offense’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- At a Democratic National Committee LBGT Gala on Tuesday, President Obama discussed a planned executive order to protect LGBT workers employed by federal contractors, telling those in attendance that, "who you are and who you love shouldn't be a fireable offense."

The president urged the LGBT community to keep the "pressure on Congress" to pass legislation offering protections similar to those in the planned executive order to all workers. He also spoke about the progress that has been made since he took office. "When I took office, only two states had marriage equality -- today, 19 states and the District of Columbia do," Obama said.

"Because of your help," added the president, "we've been able to do more to protect the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender Americans than any administration in history." Obama also noted that, "it's not just the laws that are changing -- it's hearts and minds."

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