Joe Biden: Homophobes still exist, and most of them are running for president

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Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner over the weekend, Joe Biden took a not-so subtle swing at the Republican field of candidates.

“The American people are already with you,” he told the crowd. “There’s homophobes still left… most of them are running for President, I think.”

Biden, who has long been a champion of LGBTQ rights, added:

“There’s still those shrill voices in the national political arena, trying to undo what has already been done. But they’re not going to succeed. Don’t worry about it – no really. The American people have moved so far beyond them, and their appeals to prejudice and fear and homophobia. Because of how far you’ve moved the American people, the remainder of the work and how much work has to be done, I promise you, will come much more quickly and more surely. It will increase in its rapidity the change we need.”

Voicing his support for LGBT equality legislation that is stalled in the US Houses of Congress, he said: “I strongly support the equality act… and it will pass! It may not pass this Congress – but it will pass because it’s simple and it’s straightforward.”

Watch his remarks below:

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