In his first comments following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26, President Barack Obama spoke in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
The president said the ruling “is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.”
Obama acknowledged that the path to legalizing same sex marriage has been difficult at times.
“Progress on this journey often comes in small increments. Sometimes two steps forward, one step back, compelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens,” he said.
He referred to the current process and legalese of discussing same sex couples as “the patchwork system” the country currently holds.
“It will end the uncertainty hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples face from not knowing whether their marriage, legitimate in the eyes of one state, will remain if they decide to move or even visit another,” he continued.
The president also urged supporters to understand other points of view on the controversial issue.
“I know that Americans of good will continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue. Opposition, in some cases, has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs. All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact and recognize different viewpoints, revere our deep commitment to religious freedom,” Obama said.
He also supported the idea that there is “much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.”
He credited those along the way who have tolerated abuse and bullying to achieve the accomplishments that were granted by the Supreme Court on June 26.
“That’s a consequence of a decision from the Supreme Court, but more importantly, it is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, 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,” Obama said.
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