(CNN) - President Barack Obama rallied a crowd of members in the LGBT community on Friday, telling the group they not only had a "friend" in the Oval Office but a "fellow advocate."
"Together we've stood resolute, unwavering in our commitment to advance this movement and to build a more perfect union," Obama said.
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The president made his remarks in a White House reception to commemorate Gay Pride Month.
In his speech, Obama listed his administration's efforts to advance gay rights, including the signing into law of the Matthew Shepard Act, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and his recent endorsement of same-sex marriage.
"After decades of inaction and indifference, you have every reason and right to push loudly and forcefully for equality," Obama said. "But three years ago I promised you this, I said that even if it took more time that I would like, we would see progress, we would see success, we would see real and lasting change, and together that's what we're witnessing."
While he applauded the progress within the movement, he said there was still work to be done.
"Americans may be still evolving when it comes marriage equality," he said, nodding to his previous position on same-sex marriage. "But as I've indicated, personally, Michelle and I have made up our minds on this issue."