President Biden told a late-night show that state laws opposing transgender body mutilation surgeries for minors are “close to sinful.”
Biden made the comments to Daily Show guest host Kal Penn.
“What’s going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, close to sinful. I mean it’s just terrible what they’re doing,” the Democrat president said, appearing to refer to a bill in the Sunshine State protecting children from transgender medical procedures.
“It’s not like, you know, a kid wakes up one morning and says, ‘You know, I decided I want to become a man or I want to become a woman,” Biden said.
“I mean, what are they thinking about here? They’re human beings, they love, they have feelings, that have inclinations that are. I mean, to me it is, I don’t know, it’s cruel. And the way we do it is we make sure we pass legislation like we passed on same-sex marriage. You mess with that, you’re breaking the law and you’re going to be held accountable.”
Biden also claimed he started supporting gay marriage in high school when he saw two well-dressed men” share a kiss outside an office building in Delaware.
To be clear, the president graduated high school in 1961.
“I’ll never forget – I turned and looked at my dad. He said, ‘Joey, it’s simple. They love each other,’” he said.
But Biden voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 as a senator that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
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