A lot has changed for LGBT people in the eight years since Barack Obama first became president, and he says he has “hope” for the future now that his daughters are growing up in a world where gay people are automatically accepted.
Obama created an annual tradition of speaking with YouTube stars as a way to reach out to a younger generation, and spoke about LGBT issues during this year’s interview with vlogger Ingrid Nilsen.
Nilsen came out as a lesbian last year, and wanted to hear Obama’s thoughts on the Alabama Chief Justice who is trying to get rid of same-sex marriage there.
“I understand that the Supreme Court has ruled that under the Constitution, everybody in all 50 states has the right to marry the person they love. That’s now the law of the land,” he said. “The fact that an Alabama judge is resisting…is just a temporary gesture by this judge, which will be rapidly overturned.”
“You shouldn’t be worried about that,” the president added. “I think that the process of changing people’s attitudes, of people treating the LGBT community with full equality and respect, making sure they’re not discriminated against on the job or in housing – those are the areas we’ve still got some significant work to do.”
Obama acknowledged that there is still work to be done to reach full equality, but said that he’s thrilled by the “amazing strides that we’ve made” in the past 5-10 years.
That’s when he mentioned his daughters, explaining that young people of Nilsen’s generation make him hopeful because “their attitudes are so different.”
“The notion that you’d discriminate against someone because of sexual orientation is so out of sync with how most young people think – including young Republicans, young Democrats – it’s across some of the usual political lines,” Obama said.
“This is an issue that is going to be moving in the right direction as long as we stay vigilant and keep working on it.”
Watch Obama’s interview with Nilsen below.
h/t: Pink News