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Obama: Expansion of LGBT Rights Not Reversible

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 11:56:37-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think the expansion of LGBT rights in the U.S. is reversible.

Obama said as his final presidential news conference that society's attitudes have changed too much to turn back the clock on these issues.

He says there's still more work to do on the subject, but that acceptance by young people like his daughters has made a difference.

Obama also says he "could not be prouder" of the country's transformation on these issues, most of it coming during his tenure as president.

He gives credit to individuals and couples who he says were courageous in saying "this is who I am and I'm proud of it."

That, he says, helped open people's minds and hearts and the legal system eventually caught up.