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Joe Biden: Transgender Discrimination is “Civil Rights Issue of Our Time.”

At a campaign spot in Florida yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden pointed to transgender discrimination as the “civil rights issue of our time.”

It’s the latest example of the vast difference between the Romney/Ryan ticket and Obama/Biden.

Obama and his administration have a track record of supporting LGBT Americans more than any other administration in history. Last week, Obama called on Americans to support marriage equality when they vote on ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington.  

In August, Vice President Biden praised the LGBT community, stating, “Many of you have advanced civil rights at great expense….If I had to use one adjective to describe this community, it'd be courage. You have summoned the courage to speak out, to come out. We owe you.”

Conversely, Romney rejected birth certificates for some Massachusetts children born to same-sex couples. Additionally, he has allied himself with the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage, committing himself to pursuing a federal marriage amendment, defending the Defense of Marriage Act, and setting up a McCarthy-like commission to investigate those who do not support NOM’s anti-LGBT views.

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan not only does not support LGBT families, but has consistently stood against LGBT equality, including voting against hate crime protections. He opposed repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and does not support marriage equality.

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