President Obama made an address on Sunday, and during that speech, he said that religious freedom isn’t enough to deny any American their constitutional rights.
He made these statements at a Democratic party fundraiser, and he went on to say how there are some areas of the US that are still uncomfortable with marriage equality, and that it will take them take to catch up to the majority who support it.
Obama said: “We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions. But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.”
I’m sure that this will get the same reaction from a lot of you, as it did from me – one of “Thank you!“. The relgious freedom argument is brought up way too often, and it’s nice to see this being addressed by the President.
He then went on to recall how “”seven years ago, we came together not just to elect a president, but to reaffirm our faith in that most American of ideals: the notion that people, no matter where they come from … or who they love can change this country.”
Obama then reminded us that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation is protected by the federal hate crimes law he himself signed in, and that federal contractors are barred from firing their staff for being gay.
Obama then finished up with a few words that earned him the loudest cheers and applause of the night, saying: “We live in an America where ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is something that ‘don’t exist.’ And tonight, thanks to the unbending sense of justice passed down through generations of citizens who never gave up hope that we could bring this country closer to our founding ideals … we now live in America where our marriages are equal as well.”