At CNN Equality Town Hall Activists Took the Spotlight — and the Mic

Protesters held signs while Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., spoke on Thursday during a forum on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in Los Angeles, Calif.

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“It was a bad answer,” she said. “I believe that everyone is entitled to medical care and medical care that they need and that includes people who are transgender” who seek “gender-affirming surgery.”

There were several moments of levity during the forum. One audience member asked Ms. Warren how she might respond to someone on the campaign trail say to her, “My faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

She responded without missing a beat, “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” Ms. Warren said flatly, “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that.’”

She paused for a moment and then added: “If you can find one.”

The candidates’ proposals and comments make clear that they largely agree with one another on L.G.B.T.Q. issues and are making considerable efforts to court voters from the community. And the plans also show just how far the party has moved in the last decade.

When Mr. Obama ran for president in 2008, he said he was opposed to same-sex marriage. That same year, California voters approved Proposition 8, a ballot measure that made same-sex marriage unconstitutional in the state. In 2012, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.[1] said that he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage, a stance Mr. Obama did not adopt until later that year.

“When I came out,” Mr. Biden began to say Thursday, referencing that decision. “Er, when I publicly stated,” he said, to roars of laughter from the audience. Mr. Biden then went on to talk about how dramatically attitudes toward the L.G.B.T.Q. community had changed. “The idea is normal,” he said. “It’s normalized, it’s not strange.”


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