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    Vice President Joe Biden Talks LGBT Rights at Human Rights Campaign Gala: "There's So Much More to Be Done"

    Vice President Joe Biden is calling for an end to workplace discrimination against gays, among many other things. 

    The politico addressed a crowd at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles Saturday, saying it's "close to barbaric" that in some states "an employer can fire you just because of who you are or who you love."

    "It's time for Congress to move on and pass ENDA now," he continued, referring to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which prevents employers from firing someone because they are gay or lesbian. "It's outrageous we're even debating this sucker."

    "I've traveled to most countries in the world, and I can tell you they're looking to us as an example as a champion of LGBT rights everywhere," Biden continued. "In almost half the countries in the UN, it's a crime to be gay. In seven countries, it's punishable by death."

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    Biden said that although many strides have been made in terms of gay rights in the U.S., particularly when it comes to gay marriage, "there is so much more to be done."

    "The single most basic of all human rights is the right to decide who you love," he went on. "It is the single basic building block."

    Celebrities like Jessie Tyler Ferguson, Bob Harper and VEEP's Reid Scott were all on hand for the event, with the Biggest Loser trainer talking to E! News about what his life has been like since coming out last November.

    "My life has been pretty normal, because I've never really been in [the closet], so the fact that I talked about being gay on the show for the first time was a big deal for those who watch our show rather than it was for me," he said.  

    "It's just how I live my life, so it's easy. I'm a big part of the Crossfit community and there are a lot of conservative people, and it's been really great for them to welcome me in a completely different way. They're like 'woah you're gay' and you're kind of like us. So it's important to get this out there."

    -Additional reporting by Baker Machado

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