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Obama Invokes Founding Fathers in Lauding Gay Marriage Ruling

In an emotional statement from the Rose Garden, President Obama Friday said the 5-4 Supreme Court decision ratifying gay marriage was borne of the principles undergirding the founding of our country.

Obama said:

Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times — a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American . . .  today we can say — in no uncertain terms — that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.

Such ringing language comes from a president who until just a few years ago himself supposedly opposed gay marriage, though everyone knew that was just to get elected president.

Perhaps somewhat defensively, Obama recited a list of his actions on gay rights, including refusing to defend the “discriminatory” Defense of Marriage Act and ending “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which were policies of Bill Clinton.

“I know change for many of our LGBT brothers and sisters must have seemed so slow for so long,” he said, not acknowledging his own slowness to publicly endorse gay marriage. “But compared to so many other issues, America’s shift has been so quick.”

He added:

Progress on this journey often comes in small increments. Sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.

Obama acknowledged that some may oppose gay marriage based on “sincere” beliefs, and that those who held them were “Americans of goodwill.” But that seems hardly consistent with his casting of the issue as a moral and Constitutional imperative. What’s more, he called on advocates to “reach back” and help them change their minds:

I know that Americans of goodwill continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue. Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs.  All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact; recognize different viewpoints; revere our deep commitment to religious freedom.

But today should also give us hope that on the many issues with which we grapple, often painfully, real change is possible. Shifts in hearts and minds is possible.  And those who have come so far on their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and help others join them. Because for all our differences, we are one people, stronger together than we could ever be alone.  That’s always been our story.

Unity then, is a good, as long as everyone is united behind the president’s position.

Obama invoked Robert Kennedy as well, bringing the liberal spirit of the 1960s into the modern Rose Garden with him:

Folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts, and stayed strong, and came to believe in themselves and who they were, and slowly made an entire country realize that love is love.

What an extraordinary achievement.  What a vindication of the belief that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.  What a reminder of what Bobby Kennedy once said about how small actions can be like pebbles being thrown into a still lake, and ripples of hope cascade outwards and change the world.

America today jettisoned millennia of thinking about what marriage is. Perhaps the leader of this nation should be a little less certain that he knows better than all who came before him. And a little less certain he knows better than the Bible. Neither he nor anyone else understands the consequences of such dramatic change, which Obama himself said, struck like a “thunderbolt.”

This Supreme Court decision will cause wrenching divisions related to individual and religious freedoms. The president of all of us today should be a little less of an advocate and a little more of a healer, and a leader.

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51 Responses to Obama Invokes Founding Fathers in Lauding Gay Marriage Ruling

  1. I put all of this at the feet of the Christians that would not vote for Romney because he is a Mormon.

    I know several who did this. Now they say its gods will. I say “free will”

    I hope that lots of Gays marry. Now they can be just as miserable as the rest of us!

    Enjoy your Divorces suckers!!!
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    • Haven’t heard much about it, but Rubio is also Mormon. Technically. His parents gave up their Catholic relision and had him baptized into the Latter Day Saints when he was 8 years old, and living in Las Vegas. According to Mormon doctrine – once a Mormon, always a Mormon.

    • What goes up comes down! So they get married — ha ha ha – now they have to endure the divorce laws which are different in every state when they split the sheets. I can just hear those pigs squealing when they have to pay separate maintanance in California and/or split their assets 50/50 in Texas. Ha Ha Ha Be careful what you ask for! If they were smart they would stay single!

    • Oh yes you are Jerry.
      The very fact that you made that statement tells me that you are.

      Chin up, eyes forward, into the fray.

      This wuss is going to go away and we will get our Country back.

      As Rush says,….we outnumber them.
      The tiny minority that rule the media will be defeated.

      Common sense will prevail, bank on it.

      Obama is essentially untouchable because of his skin color and his ability to surround himself with thugs and gangsters.

      The impotent members of congress that allow him to rule with an iron fist are who is responsible for where this Country is.

      Fiery speeches on the floor of the house and the senate are just that.

      A bunch of paper tigers are not going to stop him and he knows that.

      That’s why he just keeps plowing ahead.
      He has no substantial opposition, they’re afraid of him.

  2. Forgive me, but I am tired of him invoking the term “folks” as if we all congregate together…we don’t.
    So please Mr. President, stop the folking jibber jabber.

    H

  3. day off my paying job with plans to clean house and yards. dreading his eulogy for a very honorable man. oh, look at the time! better go finish cleaning.

  4. “… himself supposedly opposed gay marriage, though everyone knew that was just to get elected president.”
    Whatchoo talking about here – everyone knew?
    We didn’t know squat about MrObama other than what he told us at the time.
    No one vetted him, no one brought up the bathhouses of Chicago, the hokey birth claim of Hawaii, the relationship with known communists, nada.
    All we saw was a nice Black man who promised to make DC work the way it was supposed to do, to be “post-racial”, to protect us from harm, and what did we get? Ha!
    So, no, “everyone” didn’t know.

  5. In the Zivotofsky passport case, the Court ruled that the whim of the Executive branch trumps the law of the land. Yesterday the Court ruled that the words used to communicate the law of the land do not matter as much as the intent ascribed to the law of the land. And then today they ruled that the Tenth Amendment is not the law of the land. I’m so confused.

  6. Amazing how Barry can still pull off “banner weeks” seven years into his failed presidency…he got his trade deal, Obamacare ruling, and now gay marriage. A charmed life.

    • Especially if we overlook ISIS today. France, Tunisia, Kuwait – and they don’t even make the front page. Just ignore the negative stuff….

  7. I am surprised Obama allowed himself to be diverted on this gay marriage issue. Some time back he said he would spend every waking hour getting jobs, jobs, jobs for Americans.

    Seriously, there are so many very serious problems that are being ignored.

  8. Still in mod. Does anyone know where the potatoe chips are.
    I just turned on Fox. The scroll on the bottom of screen stated that the Pentagon don’t know if attacks in Tunisa, France and Kuwait are aflliated.
    Did o spend an inch of time on this matter (of maniac attacks) today?

  9. Healer? Leader? Obama?

    Sorry, Keith, but you’ve definitely got the wrong guy. In more than six long years, Obama has shown us that he is anything but a healer and a leader.

  10. Obama invokes the founding principles of this country to peddle gay marriage???? The Founding Fathers were well versed in Natural Law, the Old and New Testament and the great philosophic and political thinkers of the past.

    Only a complete moron would believe that the “founding principles” of the country would justify gay marriage, or that the Founding Fathers would be cheering on the sidelines about this development. You will find no mention of “gay marriage” as a right in the Federalist Papers, I can assure you.

  11. The folly of fools. Sticking their wet fingers to the wind to support which direction the most air is coming from. Then saddling up the ass and ride with the wind. Showboating with staff raised high, out front, being the leader they think they are. An ass on a ass is not a leader but a fool.