WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is marking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month by calling on Congress to pass legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians.

He says such bias is wrong and must be changed.

Obama says legislation pending in Congress would ban such discrimination “now and forever.” Said Obama: “We need to get that passed.”

The president spoke Thursday at a White House reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month.

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