• Obama: We Have To ‘Reach Back’ and Shift Religious Convictions On Gay Marriage

    President Barack Obama urged supporters of same-sex marriage Friday to “help” people to overcome their religious beliefs in order to attain a progressive American view of equality.

    “I know that Americans of goodwill continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue,” he said in a speech following the Supreme Court’s ruling to constitutionally recognize same-sex marriage.

    He began his speech by supporting those who disagree with the ruling.

    “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.” he said. “Recognize different viewpoints. Revere our deep commitment to religious freedom.”

    He then switched gears and insinuated that those who disagree must come around to the more righteous and equal view of marriage.

    “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,” he said. “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. We are big and vast, and diverse. A nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, with different experiences and stories, but bound by our shared ideal that no matter who you are, or what you look like, how you started off, or how and who you love — America’s a place where you can write your own destiny.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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