Susan Rice: Expanding Gay Rights Increases GDP

“Under President Obama, LGBT federal employees and their families now enjoy the same benefits as their coworkers. Federal contractors cannot discriminate against LGBT people. Transgender employees can obtain passports that accurately reflect their gender identity,” she added.

Rice also said the U.S. overall does not have a “perfect” record on the issue because it does business with countries that “do not respect” LGBT rights.

“I don’t pretend that the United States has a perfect record. Hardly – and, yes, in service of our national security interests we sometimes engage with governments that do not respect the rights we hold most dear,” she said. “But, I’m proud that when we’ve witnessed anti-LGBT violence or discrimination, the United States has put our opposition to this behavior front and center.”