Obama celebrates equal marriage in last DNC speech as US President

Barack Obama has celebrated same-sex marriage in his last ever Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech as President of the United States.

Speaking at the convention, Mr Obama also said he felt his administration had brought together people regardless of gender, sexual orientation or race.

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He said: “We put policies in place to help students with loans, protect consumers from fraud, cut veteran homelessness almost in half. And through countless acts of quiet courage, America learned that love has no limits, and marriage equality is now a reality across the land.”

President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage in 2013.

After lengthy battles across the country in various states around equal marriage, the US Supreme Court last June made a ruling which legalised it across all 50 states.

Adding: “I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, young, old, gay, straight, men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance, under the same proud flag, to this big, bold country that we love.”

His speech also focussed on positive changes since his Presidency started, talking about deficit reduction, unemployment falling and the introduction of Obamacare.

“I am even more optimistic about the future of America than ever before,” the President said.

Watch the full speech below:

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