President Obama Won't Require Churches to Perform Gay Marriages


In a statement today about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, President Barack Obama said he would not require religious institutions, such as churches, to perform gay marriages.

“How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions," Obama said, reports "Nothing about this decision, which applies only to civil marriages, changes that.”

This morning the president called the lesbian litigants who brought California’s Proposition 8 to the U.S. Supreme Court, notes (video below).

The U.S. Supreme Court supported the California court that overturned Proposition 8 and paved the way for gay marriage in the Golden State.

While they were being interviewed on MSNBC, Chad Griffin, a gay marriage advocate with the Human Rights Campaign, said: “The president’s on the [phone] line.”

Obama congratulated the lesbian couple and added: “We’re proud of you guys.”

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