President Obama’s Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Legal Speech Video: “Victory For America” — WATCH HERE!
President Obama says the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down bans on gay marriage represents a “victory for America.” Watch below.
As Gossip Cop reported, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision, announced on Friday, makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states nationwide. While Obama initially took to Twitter to celebrate the news, he held a formal press conference at the White House just over an hour after the announcement. He was solo in the Rose Garden, not joined by Vice President Joe Biden or First Lady Michelle Obama.
The President began, “Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle: That we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to breach 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. 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’s days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewards with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.”
“This morning the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage quality. In doing so they reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equal regardless of who they are or who they love,” continued Obama.
He said the ruling “will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land,” and declared that the decision is a “victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights.” He went on, “It’s a victory for their children, whose families will now be recognized as equal to any others. It’s a victory for the allies, friends, and supporters who spent years, even decades, working and praying for change to come. And this ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what America already knew in its hearts: When all Americans are treated equal, we are all more free.”
Obama said people should still remain “mindful” of opposing beliefs and respectfully “recognize different view points.” But, he said, “Today should also give us hope that 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 in their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and let others join them. For all our differences, we are one people — stronger together than we could ever be alone.”
“America’s a place where you can write your own destiny. We are a people that believe every single child is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said the President. “There is so much more work to do be done… but today we can say in no more uncertain terms that we made our union a little more perfect.”
He gave credit to the case’s plaintiffs, as well as the “countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who talked to parents.” “Love is love,” exclaimed Obama, adding, “What an extraordinary achievement. What a vindication of the belief that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”
Obama concluded, “America should be very proud.” Gossip Cop will have the full video momentarily. Check back shortly!