WASHINGTON -- Saturday night President Obama gave remarks at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) annual banquet. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins had the following remarks on the speech:
"It should come as little surprise that President Obama would address HRC, because he clearly sees them as an important part of his base. What was shocking was the radical cultural changes that the President promised to this audience.
"The President promised that 'hate crimes' legislation, scheduled to be on his desk by next week is only the beginning of the special treatment his administration will give homosexual activists. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, allowing homosexuals to serve in the military, and overturning the Defense of Marriage Act are all on the President's gift list to the homosexual community.
"What the President neglected to mention was that all of this will be forced on the American people who in the last election gave the President a mandate to fix the economy - not enact radical social policy changes such as allowing homosexuals to serve in the military.
"As current federal policy states, homosexuality is incompatible with military service. Allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military would deeply divide an already over stressed armed forces community. Using America's armed forces as a laboratory for radical social change shows profound contempt for the men and women who risk their lives to secure our freedom.
"President Obama tried to hide his pro-homosexual agenda during the presidential campaign. With the election behind him and a liberal Congress beside him, he is now positioned to move forward an agenda with the ultimate goal of redefining marriage at the expense of religious liberty.
"John Berry, a homosexual activist and the head of the Office of Personnel Management, admitted recently that passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will pave the way for opening the military to homosexuals which will then lead into repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.
"Family Research Council will work to defeat this legislative strategy and will continue to promote policies that strengthen traditional marriage and religious liberty for generations to come."