Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
08:46 AM ET
9 years ago

Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine

(CNN) – Russia’s “gay propaganda” law that makes it illegal to tell children about gay rights is linked to the nation’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday night.

Speaking at a gala in Los Angeles for the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, Biden suggested countries that don’t respect the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people also disregard borders.

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“As the great Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov said, ‘A country that does not respect the rights of its citizens will not respect the rights of its neighbors,’ and we're seeing that today, we're seeing that today in Ukraine,” the vice president said.

Biden, who infamously declared his support for same-sex marriage on national television before President Barack Obama, used his remarks at the annual event to call on Congress to pass a measure banning workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has passed the Senate but doesn’t appear to have traction in the U.S. House.

Some Democrats have called on Obama to sign an executive order that would ban discrimination against gays and lesbians by federal contractors as the legislation stalls on Capitol Hill.

On Saturday, Biden said the absence of workplace protections for gays and lesbians was downright cruel.

“My grandkids, my children, and their kids and going to be shocked – it shocks the conscience – that an employer can fire you just because of who you are or who you love. It’s close to barbaric,” he said.

“Imagine 20 years from now, as American look back and say, ‘How the hell could that have ever been allowed?’ The country’s moved on. The American people have moved on. It’s time for Congress to move on, and pass ENDA.”

Filed under: Gay rights • Ukraine • Vice President Biden
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Thank you Mr. Vice President but you didn't have to that far around the world. We have those hater telling gays what they should do or not do or love or not love right here in the good ole' USA.
    As long as the teaklans try to control people's lives with their antiquated hiding behind our forefathers who loathed religion it will not stop.

    March 23, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. Dorothy

    As a prominent supporter of Kosovo's separation from Serbia perhaps Biden should address the situation of gay rights there as well.

    March 23, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Ed

    Unbelievable. Biden, the so called foreign policy expert linking gay rights to the invasion of Ukraine? Can he really be that out of touch with reality?

    March 23, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Thingumbob (@Thingumbobesq)

    I don't usually quote Ronald Reagan, but there you go again Joe Biden...

    March 23, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. it must be said

    They don't call him Crazy Joe Biden for nothing....

    March 23, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |

    Nun gays have rights to ? Seems to me gays think they dont ! And i dont watch rush sanity or that freak on hbo so dont start plz .

    March 23, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Reds

    I don't really care for the way this was presented.

    Also could Mr.Biden not be referring to the US, using Russia as a example. Too not be like Russia? Rather then a attempt to garner support against Russia. Or any agenda against. The opening paragraph was suggestive IMO.

    I can see it that way as well.

    March 23, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. moriori

    A spot on comment from Biden , just like hitler – Putin is a fascist .

    March 23, 2014 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. BillyHewitt

    Biden needs a link to a brain. Biden is a backer to homosexual same sex Obamacare that caused the coup in Ukraine and Biden helped Obama install NAZI NSA total surveillance system with Gestapo Clapper.

    March 23, 2014 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |