Obama's full statement on same-sex marriage ruling
June 26th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
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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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  1. johnjon33

    Amen, Mr. President.

    June 26, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Peoples State of Illinois

    just think, since we now have two definitions of marriage, the new civil marriage and the old traditional marriage, the best advice to single people is to find someone with whom you can enter civil marrriage and milk the taxpayers for every cent you can.

    now, the only requirements for obtaining government civil marriage benefits is that you file paperwork with the government. there is no element of love, procreation, respect or even fraternization required. you do not even have to live together. are you a single person plannning to retire from federal service, find some poor dude whose future prospects are dim and enter a civil marriage so that he can continue to milk the feds and taxpayers long after your death. heck, you do not even have to contract the civil marrriage until your death is imminent.

    also, since civil marriage has nothing to do with the sacrament of matrimony, there is nothing sinful about contracting a civil marriage. civil marriage is simply a government mechanism for raping taxpayers. it would be foolish not to take advantage of the law as it is now interpreted.

    June 26, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Steveo

    @louisjo

    @ Ben

    Are you seriously quoting scripture to condemn a court decision in a country where where supposedly exists the separation of church and state?

    If you want to live in a country where the church has free reign to dictate what you can and cannot do, it's time to move out because that's not here!
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    1. Does the 1st Amendment apply to Christians too?
    2. God gave all free well to do His will or not
    3. Ben did not say the church is dictating anything, he is expressing he beliefs

    As I Christian I believe we handled this issue all wrong. We rank order sin, God does not! lying, adultery, stealing, fornication, greed. envy, and murder are just as sinful. But we don't treat those sins equally!

    June 26, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. us_1776

    Barack, thank you for those words.

    But it has been 20 years of efforts by many progressives and enlightened conservatives who brought us to this moment.

    And those who did the long hard road should be recognized for bringing about todays rulings.

    .

    June 26, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    "Well you haven't been listening very well. BTW, I did not use the word "abomination". You did. No drama Obama."

    Classic Bait and Switch, Rudy! No you did not use the word ABOMINATION, you simply agreed wit Dutch's post that said HE agrees it is an ABOMINATION. Shall I cut and paste that post? I am a Christian as well Rudy and I agree with Dutch too! So no you didi not use tha word, you did however agree with Dutch's use of that word!
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    Bait and Switch? You apparently don't know what the phrase means in a political context. Have a nice day.
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    Perhaps but you flip flopped. That better?

    June 26, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. TruthandConsequence

    The President seems to think a "wrong has been righted"...what about the hundreds of millions and all our ancestors who have been wronged? This is a water shed moment in the reversing of all that we have stood for – instead of mom, dad and children, we get two plain janes and a surrogate.

    June 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. O'Dumbama

    President Obama has lost all credibility with American People and has officially become an Irrelevant Leader till his terms expire in 2016.

    June 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. roger bridges

    ok I hope you guys find some kind of peace within yourselves now ,God only knows what's next. I plead ignorant and am just wondering about a few things though if some one could enlighten me ,like why do lesbians pretend that one is a guy and one is a girl? you know you could just get a guy or is that to normal for some one who is looking for attention right? Do you not find it creepy on a whole new level by pretending to be the opposite sex though. Why do gay men almost always act feminine not like the charade lesbians put on. So I guess we need three versions of marriage the regular kind the gay kind and the lesbian kind we would not want to slight one of you right ? Its obvious its three different bonds right? oh yea where do you guys stand on this six year old changing gender seems reasonable to you does it?

    June 26, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    @Steveo – Here it is. ......

    D/B wrote:

    As a Christian, I wholeheartedly agree that it is an abomination. However, we are governed by the the Constitution of the United States of America, not the Bible, the Quran or the Torah.
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    Exactly. They will never accept that the 1st Amendment restricts the government to being a secular government.
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    Any person can see that I am clearly agreeing with his second statement. Any questions?

    June 26, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Steveo

    Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:
    "Two names come to mind: sodom and Gomorrah"

    You let us know when you run across someone being turned into a pillar of salt, mmmkay? You can be the official lookout and be in charge of raising the hew and cry when it all starts...
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    Way to bait and switch! Two differing issues. The two cities were destroyed for their sins. Lot's wife was punished for her own disobedience, not for the sins of those two cities!
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    Bait and switch? Not. I suggest you look up what the phrase means when it comes to making a political argument. I'm feeling generous today, though. So, here we go.

    Suppose you have a weak argument on a given topic, but you also have an unrelated emotional issue that gets everyone all fired up. Bait and switch would mean to argue against the weak topic by arguing about the emotional issue.
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    The point Rudy is What happened to Lot's Wife had nothing to do with what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah! They are two different issues!

    June 26, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Voice of Truth

    Obama is just as disgusting as gay marriage.

    June 26, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Progressive

    There is no easy resolution folks. What I can is that today EACH and every person can truly say they live in the LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE....and that is undeniable and cant be pulled apart. Move if you don't love it. xoxo

    June 26, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @ various posters "Everyone can say what they like but the Bible makes it very clear."

    If you believe the Bible is telling you not to be gay then by all means do not be gay.
    But do not tell me what to do or believe.

    June 26, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. John the Historian

    Thank for the Lord DOMA is history. Now full federal eqaul rights for Gays and Lesbians. it is wonderful california will have Gay marriage again. But the Supreme Court did kick the can down the alley on giving the entire country Gay marriage. This is what they should haved done. But it will now come. As for the Christian Right bible thumpers, stay out of government. Stick to your charity work. Gays and lesbians have their famillies too. We can adopt in some states, have children in previous straight marriages, there is sperm donors, and IVF. Get over it. No established church is in our constitution. Many churches do support and perform Gay marriages. Reform Jews have gay marriage in their temples. Many Catholic countries have Gay marriage. It has worked out well in Spain. Funny how only Catholic think of marriage as a sacrament. Prostestants say marriage is not a sacrament.

    June 26, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Philo99

    Mr. Obama. Where were you 4 years ago?

    You supported DOMA until the polls in this country changed direction. I for one will never forgive you.

    June 26, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Bob

    Looks like its time to play a couple of games:
    "Cowboys and illegal aliens," and "Cowboys and gays."

    June 26, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Woman In California

    @ Sniffit

    Although we disagree on this subject, I do give you credit (unlike some others), for stating your opinion on FACTS. You continue to amaze me with your intelligent posts otherwise."

    Thank you. I tip my hat to you as well. You brightened my day :-)

    June 26, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Bill in VA

    The court ha righthed a wrong. Agree...........Two days in a row.

    June 26, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Steve

    Good news for BHO and gang, as married people typically pay more in federal taxes.

    June 26, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. petemg

    If homosexuality is right why does it take an amendment to make it okay. If homosexuality is correct why don't both sexes get pregnant naturally. Do Muslims agree with same sex relationships?

    June 26, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Dean

    Bob

    Looks like its time to play a couple of games:
    "Cowboys and illegal aliens," and "Cowboys and gays."

    I will be one of the first to saddle up! Ha

    June 26, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Steveo

    @John the Historian

    As for the Christian Right bible thumpers, stay out of government.
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    Interesting how you salute one right and then want to take another one away! Christians have every right to be involved in government.

    June 26, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. rs

    Peoples State of Illinois

    just think, since we now have two definitions of marriage, the new civil marriage and the old traditional marriage, the best advice to single people is to find someone with whom you can enter civil marrriage and milk the taxpayers for every cent you can.
    ______________________________________
    I beg to differ. We have only had "Civil" marriage. No one has to have a church marriage, but for the purposes of governenment on must have the civil marriage, or the equivilent- the chruch marriage with attendent paperwork. Nothing has changed.

    June 26, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "President Obama has lost all credibility with American People and has officially become an Irrelevant Leader till his terms expire in 2016."

    He's irrelevant? Oh goody...well, I guess that means the GOP/Teatrolls can and will all shut up about him now, since he's irrelevant and all. What a relief.

    June 26, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. strangerq

    he President seems to think a "wrong has been righted"...what about the hundreds of millions and all our ancestors who have been wronged? This is a water shed moment in the reversing of all that we have stood for –|

    ^ Who is we. I don't agree with anything you are saying and you sure don't speak for my ancestors.

    Speak for yourself.

    June 26, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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