This week, President Joe Biden signed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act into law, codifying federal protections for same-sex marriage.
During a ceremony that was attended by a host of pro-LGBT figures, President Biden also spoke out against state laws that would ban transgender treatments for minors, such as those proposed or passed in states like Arkansas, Texas, Florida, and Tennessee.
Biden branded such laws as “cynical,” tying them to “transphobia” and “antisemitism” which he claimed are all “connected.”
“We need to challenge the hundreds of callous and cynical laws introduced in the states targeting transgender children, terrifying families and criminalizing doctors who give children the care they need,” President Biden said. “And we have to protect these children so they know they are loved and that we will stand up for them and so they can seek for themselves.”
“Folks, racism, antisemitism, homophobia, transphobia — they’re all connected. But the antidote to hate is love,” he continued after applause.
“This law, and the love it defends, strike a blow against hate in all its forms,” the president said, referring to the Respect for Marriage Act. “And that’s why this law matters to every single American, no matter who you are or who you love.”
President Biden’s administration has very clearly emphasized its support for gender transition for minors by way of its Health and Human Services Department officially recommending so-called “gender-affirming” treatments like hormones and surgery for children.
The president himself denounced laws that would ban access to such treatments in October during a conversation with transgender TikToker Dylan Mulvaney.
At the time, Biden strongly suggested it would be immoral to ban such treatments for children, even as gender clinics overseas that once recommended “gender-affirming” treatments have begun to reverse course as new concerns about the long-term safety of such protocols grow.
“I don’t think any state or anybody should have the right to do that as a moral question. As a legal question, I just think it’s wrong,” Biden told Mulvaney.
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