Embracing homosexuality is America’s future, Obama says in State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – President Obama hailed gay “marriage” as one of his proudest accomplishments and looked forward to the day when Americans would shed traditional sexual morality to embrace homosexuals in his final State of the Union address last night.


The president told a combined chamber of Congress, Cabinet members, and most of the Supreme Court that upholding our “unique strengths as a nation” and heeding the “spirit of progress” made our national celebration of sexual minorities possible.


“That’s how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person you love,” Obama said early in his rather short national address.


The reference to a highly contested, 5-4 Supreme Court decision infuriated pro-family advocates.


“The Republican leadership ought to set aside an empty chair in the front of the chamber to represent the more than 50 million Americans whose votes in support of traditional marriage were stolen by…an anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. “It’s a national insult that President Obama would celebrate such an affront to democracy.”


To underscore his commitment to the issue, First Lady Michelle Obama invited James Obergefell, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, as one of her special guests. Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan gave a spare ticket to the Family Research Council, which in turn invited county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious liberty grounds. Obergefell said if he confronted Davis, he would tell her that her stance “isn’t right, it isn’t fair, and isn’t what America is about,” but there is no indication that the two met. For her part, Davis said she hoped her presence helped “encourage” Christians who “want to make a difference” in our nation.


The president, who gave his final State of the Union address, returned to the subject of homosexuality later in the hour-long speech.


“I have such incredible confidence in our future, because I see your quiet, sturdy citizenship all the time,” he said.


He said he found hope in “the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is, and the father whose love for that son overrides everything he’s been taught” about homosexual behavior.


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