Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called it “bizarre” that employers are allowed to “fire workers because of who you love.”

Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) annual Los Angeles Dinner, where he was introduced by his wife Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president thanked an audience of more than 1,000 LGBT activists, Hollywood celebrities and politicians for making American a “more just country.”

“You came out and you marched,” Biden said. “You demanded to be recognized, demanded your constitutional rights, demanded a basic American dream. You demanded respect. And because of what all of you have done, my granddaughter is going to grow up in a better country, a more just country.”

He also called on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“If you think about it, it's outrageous we're even debating this subject,” Biden said. “It's almost beyond belief that today, in 2014, I could say to you, as your employer in so many states, you're fired because of who you love. … It is bizarre. … I don't even think most Americans even know that employers can do that.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Last year, Biden canceled a scheduled speech at the group's annual National Dinner in Washington D.C. The AP cited the partial shutdown of the federal government as the reason behind the cancellation.

Biden also addressed the group in 2008.