In the U.S., growing support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Americans is best reflected in the attitudes of young people, President Obama said at a White House event June 9.

“The upcoming generation, our kids … instinctively know people are people and families are families. And discrimination, it’s so last century. It’s so passé. It doesn’t make sense to them.”

“Change can be slow,” Obama said. “But together, we’ve proven that change is possible.”

Referring to the evening the Supreme Court decided that same-sex couples have a right to marry, Obama said: “One of the most special moments of my presidency was that warm summer night last June when we lit up the White House. It was a powerful symbol here at home, where more Americans finally felt accepted and whole. … It was a beacon for people around the world who are still fighting for those rights.”