Biden Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage, Says More to Be Done

As he praised a recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said more still needs to be done to protect LGBT Americans.

Biden spoke at an event in Manhattan hosted by Freedom to Marry, a New York-based organization. He praised the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, and said federal officials will continue to fight for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Biden said he has been thanked across the country for his work on LGBT issues, but told the assembled audience Thursday, “You don’t owe me or Valerie (Jarrett) or the president any thanks. We owe you.”

White House adviser Jarrett also attended the function.

“I really do think it is an incredible job you all have done,” Biden told the crowd. “This has been a heroic battle.”