President Obama addresses the Human Rights Campaign

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Over the weekend, President Obama reinforced his belief that the commander in chief must support all members of the U.S. armed forces—including gay service members—while speaking at the 15th annual national dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights organization.

The President said:

"We don’t believe in the kind of smallness that says it’s okay for a stage full of political leaders—one of whom could end up being the president of the United States—being silent when an American soldier is booed. We don’t believe in that. We don’t believe in standing silent when that happens. We don’t believe in them being silent since. You want to be commander-in-chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient."

Watch the entire address below.