President Obama Calls Gay Marriage Decision ‘A Victory for America’

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President Barack Obama hailed the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across 50 states as “a victory for America.”

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden on Friday, the president said that the decision shows “real change is possible. … That shifts in hearts and minds is possible.”

He argued that the Supreme Court ruling was an example of “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt” — one that ends gay men and women’s status as second-class citizens.

The speed with which public attitudes have shifted in favor of gay marriage has been dizzying, but that ignores the legacy of the gay rights movement. Friday’s victory was also the result of millions of people who endured taunts and bullying, who came out to families and friends, and who marched for equality, he argued.

These people, Obama said, “slowly made an entire country realize that love is love.”

“Today we can say on no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect,” said Obama, closing his remarks by stating, “America should be very proud.”

Prior to his remarks, Obama called plaintiff Jim Obergefell to congratulate him on the victory. The phone call was captured live on CNN, as the president told Obergefell he was proud of him for his advocacy.

“Congratulations,” Obama said. “Your leadership on this changed the country.”

“Know that not only have you been a great example for people, but you’re also going to bring about lasting change in this country,” he added. “It’s pretty rare when that happens.”

Obergefell thanked the president for his work on behalf of the LGBT community and said it was important for him to take the case all the way up so he could “live up to my commitments to my husband.”

The Cincinnati native filed the lawsuit that led to the decision after state law prevented him from being recognized as a widower following the 2013 death of longtime partner John Arthur.

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  1. BarkStar says:

    Congratulations America, you have opened the door into the world of the grownups.

  2. Anon says:

    While this is great and all Obama is just distracting you all and the news covering about a damn flag when he’s about to sign one of the worst trade bills the TPP! So one step forward and one step back,we need to fight this people!

  3. *Restore Pride In Parenting; End Child Abuse & Neglect*

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

    I am a non-believer who believes Americans ignoring these words declaring freedom and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights granted to all peaceful people, are Americans who do not believe in freedom, happiness and independence.

    An adult’s sexual preference is none of my business. I support responsible, loving adults who take Pride In Parenting by raising and nurturing peaceful children to experience a safe, fairly happy Average Joe or Josie American kid childhood.

    Will my president now have time to focus on child abuse and neglect that causes kids to grow up depressed, often deflecting their frustrations and anger on their peaceful neighbors instead of the people causing their anger and resentment?

    In his 2015 Grammy award winning rap performance, “I”, American Rap Performance Artist Kendrick Lamar reveals, *”I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”*

    During a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview (Google search) Kendrick, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and *VICTIM DENIAL* that was nominated for a Grammy award, he told the interviewer:

    *”Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 [THIRTEEN] siblings, and they all got SIX kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton,” he says.”*

    *”I’m 6 years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, ’cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like ‘Average Joe.'”*

    #protect-kids-from-irresponsible-caregivers

  4. Obama applauds official gay marriage right, freedom, and equality.

    Satan too demanded the right and freedom to rule and to be equal to the One Creator.

    BUT, the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the One and Only God, said that we are to worship ONLY the One Lord your Creator and Him Alone to serve in obedience and love, love for Him first and foremost and love for, to do GOOD in the eyes of the One Truth, to the fellow man , whether friend or foe.

    Very soon, the Lord Jesus Christ will return to rule the earth in obedience and power as the One King according to the Will of ‘I AM’ and NOT according to man’s first love for “his freedom”, for his desire to serve and magnify oneself (XES) as a ‘god’.

  5. malcolm says:

    “That shifts in hearts and minds is possible” with the best will in the world you really cant charge peoples minds just by passing a law…

    • Rick says:

      Exactly.. especially when you didn’t even bother passing a law.

      The founders of the country did not consider gay sex to be essential. They said religion was. It’s the very first thing mentioned, where people could worship without the government interfering. Well, a lawyer for the Obama administration who was bumped to the head of the class didn’t recuse herself (Kagan), and so SCOTUS first declared sodomy laws unconstitutional. Now they are clearing the way to prosecute any church who won’t do these ceremonies, and I guarantee gay activists will be going from church to church to make people do that which is against their faith because they can.

      It’s not about equality, it’s about the government making it the head of all things instead of God. Obama hates Christians, those “bitter clingers,” so for him, it’s a victory.

      When will we the people ask for our power back?

  6. Web Guru says:

    It is all these little victories that add up to the change promised seven years ago.

  7. theeinvisiblecircus says:

    Reblogged this on Invisible Circus.

  8. Sith McGarbage says:

    Barf.

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