In accepting an award for his gay rights advocacy on Saturday, President Bill Clinton credited his daughter Chelsea Clinton for leading him to support gay marriage.

At the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, Clinton was presented with the group's inaugural Advocate for Change Award.

“You have helped me come to the place where I am today,” Clinton said in accepting the award. “That's why you are the true agents of change. But we have all learned in our interdependent society, in our increasingly interdependent world that whenever people anywhere are denied any rights, it diminishes us all. That's why we were so gripped to our television after those bombs exploded at the Boston marathon. That 8-year-old child was our child. And the same is true here.”

“I believe you will win the DOMA fight. And I think you will win the constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day, or the next day,” he said to a round of applause.

Clinton, who as president signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), joined his daughter Chelsea in lobbying for passage of a marriage law in New York and opposing a constitutional ban in North Carolina. He credited his daughter for changing his mind on the issue of marriage equality.

“Chelsea and her gay friends and her wonderful husband have modeled to me the way we all ought to treat each other without regard to our sexual orientation, or any other artificial difference that divides us.”

“Over the years, I was forced to confront the fact that people who oppose equal rights for gays in the marriage sphere are basically acting out of concerns for their own identity, not out of respect for anyone else,” Clinton added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)