The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times," he said Friday. In a highly contemplative speech — much of which continued long after his prepared remarks had ended — Obama also called on supporters of gay marriage to respect the views of people who differ and "renew our deep commitment to religious freedom. Obama said the ruling was the "consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who talked to parents — parents who loved their children no matter what. Folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts and stayed strong and came to believe in themselves and who they were, and slowly made an entire country realize that love is love. Obama spoke to reporters from the White House Rose Garden, ringed by hundreds of White House staffers who applauded afterward.
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Barack Obama Answers Your Questions About Gay Marriage, Paying For College, More - MTV
May 13, -- In the beginning President Obama approached the issue of gay marriage cautiously. He had long supported civil unions. But even when he became the first sitting president in May of to say that he thought gays and lesbians should be able to marry, he moved carefully. But his endorsement influenced a cascade of politicians to switch positions on the issue. Even though 30 states still had language defining marriage as between a man and a woman in their constitutions, by November three more states would authorize gay marriage. He said, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law--for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. For gay rights activists the president's words were deeply moving.
FACT SHEET: Obama Administration’s Record and the LGBT Community
By presidential fund-raising standards, the dinner at the St. Regis hotel in Washington in April was an intimate one. President Obama made the rounds, moving among the dozens of people in attendance, including Chad Griffin, a year-old political operative known for his ability to raise money in Hollywood and for his work on trying to legalize same-sex marriage. It was Griffin who persuaded the conservative lawyer Theodore B. Olson and the liberal attorney David Boies, adversaries in the Bush v.
Obama himself was frustrated about it, if a description in a new book by his former top adviser, David Axelrod , is to be believed. Obama may have been selling himself short on that score, given the number of times he or his advisers publicly opposed same-sex marriage over the years. In the book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Axelrod blames himself, and his political calculations, for preventing Obama for standing up for what he believed in.