Obama Says No Special Financial Aid Laws Planned For LGBT Students Cut Off By Parents
After being asked at a town hall meeting in Binghamton, New York if his plan to make college more affordable to students would include help for LGBT students cut off by their parents after coming out, President Obama said that he did not anticipate any special laws would be formulated to address the issue.
“I don’t suspect that we’ll have any special laws pertaining to young people who are cut off from support by their parents because their parents hadn’t gotten to the place I think they should be when it comes to loving and supporting their kids regardless of who they are,” Obama said in response to the question.
“But we are going to make sure that all young people get the support they need so that if their parents aren’t willing to provide them support, and they’re functionally independent, that they’re able to still go to college and succeed,” he continued.
Obama further stated that “the programs we have in place don’t discriminate and shouldn’t discriminate” against LGBT students. He did, however, praise the societal evolution seen in recent years in regards to LGBT rights, and cited the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and “don’t ask, don’t tell” as evidence of progress.
The meeting was a stop on the president’s higher education tour espousing his plan to increase college affordability.