Obama: No 'Special Laws' Planned To Help Gay Students Cut Off By Parents After Coming Out

Aug 23, 2013 | Updated Aug 23, 2013

President Barack Obama said there are no "special laws" planned to help students who come out to their parents and are cut off from funding for college as a result.

During a town hall in Binghamton, New York, Obama was asked if his plan to help make college more affordable would help LGBT people who had no financial support from their parents.

"I don’t suspect that we'll have 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 responded. "But we are going to make sure that all young people get the support that 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."

Obama did say "the programs that we have in place don’t discriminate and shouldn’t discriminate" and praised the "incredible changes" made in regards to LGBT rights in recent years. But he did note "that doesn’t mean that there aren't still going to be struggles internally."

Obama is currently on a bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania to promote a broad new government rating system for colleges that would judge schools on their affordability and perhaps be used to allocate federal financial aid.

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