President Obama introduced at Gay Pride event by third graders
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At a White House event celebrating "Gay Pride Month" yesterday, President Obama was introduced by two third grade twins who are being raised by a lesbian couple.
Nine-year-old twins Zea and Luna told the assembled crowd that last December they wrote the president a letter in which they asked for more funding for schools and better gun control. They also said they asked for the president’s support for gay marriage, “because we have two moms and they are just as good as other parents.”
In his following remarks, the president touted his administration’s numerous overtures to the gay rights movement, including the recent appointment of open lesbian Nitza Quinones Alejandr to the judiciary. This, said Obama to applause, would make Alejandr the “first openly gay Hispanic federal judge in our country’s history.”
The president told the assembled crowd of activists that he believes the United States has reached a “turning point” on gay issues.
“We’ve become not just more accepting; we've become more loving, as a country, and as a people,” he said. “Hearts and minds change with time.”
One of those hearts belongs to the president himself, who until as recently as last year, publicly professed to be opposed to gay ‘marriage.’ During an interview with ABC last May, the president announced that he had “evolved” on the issue, and would support gay “marriage” going forward. He said his decision to endorse same-sex "marriage" was based upon his Christian faith.
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However, prior to the president's flip-flop, the Obama administration had already announced that it would not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court. Instead, the House of Representatives had to step forward to provide the necessary defense.
The Court’s decision on DOMA is expected within days.
In his speech to Thursday's Pride event, the president traced his support for the gay rights cause to the Declaration of Independence. “As I said in my Inaugural Address, if we truly are created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” he said.
He concluded his speech by expressing his support for the Employment Non-Descrimination Act (ENDA).
“We need to get that passed,” he said. “I want to sign that bill. We need to get it done now.”
Pro-family activists have warned that ENDA would be a major step in the direction of a nation-wide gay “marriage” law, and would violate the rights of citizens who support traditional marriage.
In 2010, the U.S. Catholic bishops warned law would pose serious danger to marriage, religious liberty, privacy, the right to speak the truth about homosexuality in the public square, the rights of employers to act “consistent with that truth,” and the right of individuals to associate freely.
“In contrast to sexual conduct within marriage between one man and one woman — which does serve both the good of each married person and the good of society — heterosexual and homosexual conduct outside of marriage has no claim to special protection by the state,” wrote the bishops.
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