GA / LGBT BIDEN

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21-Sep-2016 00:03:06
At the highest-level meeting on LGBT rights, US Vice President Joseph Biden said “we have a long way to go, in 30 States in America you can get married today and fired in the afternoon”, adding that the “horrific mass-shooting in Orlando, Florida, reminded us that LGBT individuals are still targeted in the United States just like they are in other parts of the world.” UNIFEED

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STORY: GA / LGBT BIDEN
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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters
2. Wide shot, photo-op “Free & Equal” sign
3. Wide shot, US Vice President arriving
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joseph Biden, Vice President, United States:
“When I spoke up in a well-known Sunday television program as Vice President I warned everyone that I will not say anything unless I was asked, but if I was asked I was no longer to remain silent; and I said I was very comfortable with same-sex marriage. Some suggested to me that I had committed a great political faux-pas for my party. I made a bet. I mean this sincerely. I was so confident that our public was so far ahead of us. I made a bet. I said not only this is not a faux-pas, this would help in every way because the American people are ahead of their leadership. Democrat and Republican.”
5. Med shot, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Joseph Biden, Vice President, United States:
“All those pioneers in my country and in all of yours who spoke up. Look at them not only in terms of moral courage, look at them in terms of physical courage because it took physical courage to stand up five, ten, fifteen, twenty years ago.”
7. Med shot, Caleb Orozco Executive Director of the United Belize Advocacy Movement
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Joseph Biden, Vice President, United States:
“But I mean this sincerely, we have a long way to go. In thirty States in America you can get married today and fired in the afternoon for showing up for work because you are still allowed to discriminate in hiring. We have a long way to go. A long way to go. The horrific mass-shooting in Orlando, Florida, reminded us that LGBT individuals are still targeted in the United States just like they are in other parts of the world.”
9. Wide shot, conference room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Joseph Biden, Vice President, United States:
“No government, no society, no individual, no circumstance should attempt to dictate who you love. Every single life matters. Human Rights are never conditional or negotiable. No-one should be killed or targeted by violence because of who they love. It’s as simple as that.”
11. Various shots, conference room applauding

STORYLINE:

At the highest-level meeting on LGBT rights on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly, US Vice President Joseph Biden “we have a long way to go, in 30 States in America you can get married today and fired in the afternoon”, adding that the “horrific mass-shooting in Orlando, Florida, reminded us that LGBT individuals are still targeted in the United States just like they are in other parts of the world.”

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also attended the meeting organized by the UN’s LGBT core group.

Recalling an experience in a television program, Biden said he was advised by his staff not to talk about any LGBT issues; however, he said on TV that he was “very comfortable with same-sex marriage.” He added, “Some suggested to me that I had committed a great political faux-pas for my party. I made a bet. I mean this sincerely. I was so confident that our public was so far ahead of us. I made a bet. I said not only this is not a faux-pas, this would help in every way because the American people are ahead of their leadership. Democrat and Republican.”

The US Vice President commended the pioneers of his country and other nations who spoke up. He said, “Look at them not only in terms of moral courage, look at them in terms of physical courage because it took physical courage to stand up five, ten, fifteen, twenty years ago.”

Biden stressed “no government, no society, no individual, no circumstance should attempt to dictate who you love. Every single life matters. Human Rights are never conditional or negotiable. No-one should be killed or targeted by violence because of who they love. It’s as simple as that.”

The LGBT Core Group is a cross regional group that includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, Uruguay, the European Union and Albania (as observer), as well as the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Outright Action International.
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