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President Obama at UN: "We must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere"

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama forcefully spoke out for global LGBT rights during a speech today at the United Nations.

“No country should deny people their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere,” Obama said in the speech, which he used to address his opposition to Palestine's UN bid for statehood.

The president's support for global LGBT rights came one day after the U.S. military began open service, which allows gay and lesbian troops to serve openly. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was repealed at 12:01 am Sept. 20, 2011.

Obama keeps up his record in support for LGBT issues, though he has waffled on marriage equality and now says that he is slowly evolving toward acceptance.

The president has said that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and supports its repeal.

The 2012 barackobama.com website is touting the president's record on LGBT rights. To read the full story, titled "Progress for the LGBT Community," click HERE.