June 14, 2013

President Barack Obama hailed steps forward for gay, lesbians and transgendered people on Thursday, asserting this community's fight for rights has reached a "turning point." "We've becoming not just more accepting, we've become more loving as a country and as a people," he said. "Hearts and minds change with time; laws do, too." His sense of satisfaction and optimism -- voiced at a White House gathering to mark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month -- follows milestone on gay marriage, the inclusion of openly gay U.S. military service members and boosting health insurance access for same-sex partners.