WATCH - Obama Thanks Ellen For 'Changing Hearts And Minds' On Equal Marriage 6 years ago

WATCH - Obama Thanks Ellen For 'Changing Hearts And Minds' On Equal Marriage

US President Barack Obama recently appeared on Ellen, and the two of them had a heartwarming chat about the recent advancements made in terms of LGBTQ+ rights in America.

He spoke about his pride in having made some positive changes for so many people across America during his time in office. Having worked on banning employer discrimination, achieving marriage equality and repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, he has done more for LGBTQ+ people than any other president.

Advertisement

“It's one of the things I'm proudest of, because my whole political career has been based on the idea that we constantly want to include people and not exclude them. How do we bring more and more people into opportunity and success and feeling hopeful about their lives?”

However, Obama also praised Ellen for coming out in 1997, crediting her for making it easier for others to follow:“You being willing to claim who you were, that suddenly empowers other people,” the president said. “And then suddenly, it's your brother, it's your uncle, it's your best friend, it's your coworkers. And then attitudes shift.  And the law is followed, but it started with folks like you. I'm so proud of you.”

Ellen responded in a typical way with: “Well, thank you,” she said. “I’m not really gay.", and Obama replied “But, on TV, you play one and it's great”.

Watch the video below:

Advertisement

Image and Video via ellentube