(CNSNews.com) - Marking his eighth and final LGBT Pride reception at the White House Thursday, President Obama celebrated "the ways that so many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans have helped to make our union just a little more perfect."
He also hailed the "real change" that has taken place on his watch, dismissing objections to the redefinition of marriage and family and gender as "passe."
"[W]e now live in an America where all of our marriages and our families are recognized as equal under the law. And that's an extraordinary thing.
"When you talk to the upcoming generation, our kids -- Malia's, Sasha's generation -- they instinctively know people are people and families are families.
"And discrimination, it's so last century. (Laughter.) It's so passe. It doesn't make sense to them. (Applause.) So we live in an America where the laws are finally catching up to the hearts of kids and what they instinctively understand."
Obama hailed the activists "who aren't afraid to ruffle feathers" in the pursuit of "justice and equality."
"Despite our differences and our divisions, and the many complicated issues that we grapple with, real change is possible. Minds open. Hearts change. America shifts. And if the past few years have taught us anything, it's that people who love their country can change it."
"Change" has been a constant theme of Obama's presidency, to the dismay of many Americans who believe that recent change has not been for the better.
Obama also revisited the controversial decision to light up the White House in rainbow colors after the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Constitution gives Americans the legal right to marry someone of the same sex.
"One of the most special moments of my presidency was that warm summer night last June when we lit up the White House out there. It was a powerful symbol here at home, where more Americans finally felt accepted and whole, and that their country recognized the love that they felt."