Obama's full statement on same-sex marriage ruling
June 26th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama's full statement on same-sex marriage ruling

(CNN) - Responding to Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling giving historic wins to same sex marriage supporters, President Barack Obama released the following statement:

"I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better.

So we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.

On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.

The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free."


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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    In 1970, I never would have believed that the day would come when two men could get married, yet we would still be locking people up for marijuana possession.

    I really don't care if gays get married, and I don't smoke weed. But we need to recognize that the government needs to quit locking people up without a really good reason. We're supposed to be the Land of the Free.

    June 26, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    For the sake of LGBTs, you better hope the "laser focus" he puts on this works out better than the "laser focus" he puts on the economy.

    June 26, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that."
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    And that's what the right wing will just never accept. Separation Of Church and State. Nor will they understand that Freedom OF Religion also means Freedom FROM Religion. They will always think they have a right to push their moral and religious "belief systems" upon everyone else.

    June 26, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Woman In California

    Why stop here? Let's allow anything and everything to marry. After all, discrimination is discrimination isn't it?

    June 26, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. lahdeedah56

    Congratulations to all Americans who value equality – from this heterosexual, 34-years of marriage, and four kids – Republican.

    June 26, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    For the sake of LGBTs, you better hope the "laser focus" he puts on this works out better than the "laser focus" he puts on the economy.
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    You mean the economy whose housing sector is back and booming? Or do you mean the economy with a decreasing unemployment rate that could decrease even more without obstruction?

    June 26, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. rs

    Fair is Fair

    For the sake of LGBTs, you better hope the "laser focus" he puts on this works out better than the "laser focus" he puts on the economy.
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    I think that if you wake up and look around, the economy is looking pretty good. Especially given the GOP's "laser-like" focus on Jobs, which strangely has only resulted in a record number of anti-birth control and abortion bills.
    Whatever, at least Obama and the Democrats are FOR Civil Rights and Voter's Rights- something the GOP can't claim.

    June 26, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And that's what the right wing will just never accept. Separation Of Church and State. Nor will they understand that Freedom OF Religion also means Freedom FROM Religion. They will always think they have a right to push their moral and religious "belief systems" upon everyone else.
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    Ditto!

    June 26, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    A prompt and correct response.

    June 26, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Mikey

    So here we have examples of the rational response:

    @lahdeedah56 – "Congratulations to all Americans who value equality – from this heterosexual, 34-years of marriage, and four kids – Republican."

    ...and the irrational repsonse:

    @Woman In California – "Why stop here? Let's allow anything and everything to marry. After all, discrimination is discrimination isn't it?"

    Using Woman in California's logic, we could never pass another law... or even change a speed limit. "What you want to lower the speed limit to 45 mph. Why stop here? Let's make it zero."

    Why? Because human beings (at least most of us) can make rational judgments.

    June 26, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    lahdeedah56

    Congratulations to all Americans who value equality – from this heterosexual, 34-years of marriage, and four kids – Republican.
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    Hear! Hear!

    June 26, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    On the other hand it looks as if the SCOTUS is playing an ugly game of "Tag" with Blacks, Latinos, and other so-called minorities being "it" .....again.

    June 26, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Mikey

    "Why stop here? Let's allow anything and everything to marry. After all, discrimination is discrimination isn't it?"
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    Because human beings can make rational destinctions and judgments – at least some of us can.

    June 26, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. CaliLiberal

    Fair is Fair, you continue to surprise me with your lack of acknowledgement in your party's critical role in this sluggish recovery. Let me offer you a few reminders:

    American Jobs Act – blocked by GOP
    Modernize our schools Act – blocked by GOP
    Tax credits to businesses that hire in USA – blocked by GOP
    First responders Act – Blocked by GOP
    Help for struggling homeowners – Blocked by GOP
    Fair pay act – blocked by GOP
    Increase in minimum wage – blocked by GOP

    And I could list many more ways Republicans have obstructed progress, but I don't have the time. Despite this, with little tools this President has been able to use an implement, we have come light years from George W. Bush. Thank you President Barack Obama for all that you have done and will do despite the raging obstructionist ways of the GOP.

    June 26, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Dhieu Ayuen

    Iam here in Alabama and the right wingers are so depressed on this issue, some even think the world is falling a part.

    June 26, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Gerald

    And obama is right on everything. Let's make him god.

    June 26, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Joan

    During his time as President, the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy was repealed and now DOMA and Prop 8 have been thrown out. President Obama also was the first President to have the courage to come out and say he had changed his feelings about it and supported gay marriage. This is another historic issue that the President has championed.

    June 26, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Remoff Kebabben

    "Why stop here? Let's allow anything and everything to marry. After all, discrimination is discrimination isn't it?"
    One word, consent; a dog, tree, building or child (Under the age of 16, 18 in some states) cannot consent to marriage, two men, two women, a man and a woman, they can all consent to a relationship. So long as it's consensual I don't see an issue.

    June 26, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. California

    OUTSTANDING !!! Now we have case law for polygamy.

    OR will liberals show their hatred and bigotry?

    June 26, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. VON

    We are messing up baaaad!

    June 26, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. California

    CaliLiberal – It's a shame what liberals label have actually the opposite meanings.

    June 26, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Mikey

    Someone posted "For the sake of LGBTs, you better hope the "laser focus" he puts on this works out better than the "laser focus" he puts on the economy."
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    We were losing over 700,000 jobs per month and the U.S. and World economies were on the verge of collapse. Only four years later, the stock market has doubled, corporate profits are at record levels, the real estate market is recovering nicely, we have added 5 million jobs, and have had about 40 consecutive months of private sector job growth. This is in spite of the GOP blocking numerous pieces of legislation that would have helped the economy.

    Perhaps Boehner should go out and try to repeal Obamacare for the 38th time. Your GOP has wasted over $50 million in useless, symbolic votes in the past three years. They have pursued their wars on women, minorities, gays, and science (state and federal levels) while ignoring jobs, infrastructure improvements, and a host of other important issues.

    There is a reason why the President's approval rating is five times that of Congress, and it's not his good looks.

    June 26, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Borderless

    Nice. It's like a bunch of people moving a ridiculously heavy object and Obama is the one sayin, "Let me hold the door open." Way to get in there and get things done, pal.

    June 26, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Mike

    What a hypocrit. He promotes an IRS worthless manager who was discriminatory in their handling of applications. Think he would push to get rid of affirmative action? If that is not a discriminatory law, nothing is.

    June 26, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    For the sake of LGBTs, you better hope the "laser focus" he puts on this works out better than the "laser focus" he puts on the economy
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    Don't bite on the old bait and switch, folks.

    June 26, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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