President Barack Obama on Thursday touted his administration’s record on gay rights during an annual Gay Pride reception held at the White House.

The president was introduced by 9-year-old twins Zea and Luna, who have two moms. In their introduction, they described writing a letter to Obama last year.

“We ask the president for his support of gay marriage, because we have two moms and they are just as good as other parents. They love us a lot,” the girls said.

Obama indeed reiterated his support during his speech, saying that it was time for marriage equality.

“I agree that we're not going to have to wait that long, because from Minnesota to Maryland, from the United States Senate to the NBA, it's clear we're reaching a turning point. We've become not just more accepting; we've become more loving, as a country, and as a people.”

“I'll continue to support marriage equality and states' attempts to legalize it, including in my home state of Illinois. We're not giving up on that,” he later added.

Obama also ticked off a list of his administration's LGBT rights accomplishments.

“We passed a hate crimes bill in Matthew Shepard's name. We lifted the HIV entry ban, released the first national HIV/AIDS strategy. We strengthened the Violence Against Women Act to protect LGBT victims. We told hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid that they have to treat LGBT patients just like everybody else. Starting next year, the Affordable Care Act will ban insurance companies from denying someone from coverage just for being LGBT. We put in place new policies that treat transgender Americans with dignity and respect. And because no one should have to hide who they love to serve the country that they love, we ended 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' once and for all.”

And the president reiterated his support for a proposed bill which would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity – “I want to sign that bill,” he said – but did not mention an executive order which would prohibit such discrimination by federal contractors. Gay rights activists have been calling on the president for several years to sign such an order. (Video of Obama's speech is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)