The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times," he said Friday. In a highly contemplative speech — much of which continued long after his prepared remarks had ended — Obama also called on supporters of gay marriage to respect the views of people who differ and "renew our deep commitment to religious freedom. Obama said the ruling was the "consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who talked to parents — parents who loved their children no matter what. 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. Obama spoke to reporters from the White House Rose Garden, ringed by hundreds of White House staffers who applauded afterward. Moments before speaking, Obama called the plaintiff in the case, Jim Obergefell, from the Oval Office.
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Still, he ran for president in and as someone who drew the line at gay marriage, sometimes citing his Christian faith, and he retained that position even as he called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act — which restricted federal benefits for same-sex couples in civil unions as well as marriages — six months into taking office. In the immediate aftermath, aides tried to claim that there was no daylight between Obama and Biden, that Biden was making an argument about legal rights. Over the years —in their homes, on our staff, on the frontlines of war, and in houses of worship — Jill and I have befriended countless gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans who share a love for their partners constrained only by social stigma and discriminatory laws. But today, their love is set free with the right to marry and the recognition of that marriage throughout the country. Obama was in his his residence on Friday morning, a White House spokesman said, working on his eulogy for the pastor slain with eight other black worshipers last week, when senior adviser Valerie Jarrett called to inform him of the ruling.
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By Aislinn Laing , Johannesburg. Barack Obama has been warned by senior Kenyan politicians not to raise the issue of homosexuality when he visits his ancestral homeland later this month. During a previous visit to South Africa , Tanzania and Senegal , he refused to shy away from the topic, despite many African countries being deeply conservative and opposed to gay rights. The visit to Kenya, where his father was born and died in a car accident in , is his first as president. This week, as Kenya geared up to host the US president, some of its citizens took to Twitter to discuss what they wanted to come from his visit, using the hashtag KenyansMessageToObama.
In his write-in response to a survey, Obama stated his abortion position as conforming with the Democratic platform: "Abortions should be legally available in accordance with Roe v. In the Illinois state legislature, Obama opposed the Induced Infant Liability Act  and repeatedly voted against requirements and restrictions intended to stop what opponents label as "born alive" abortions. Obama voted against a bill that would have made it a federal crime for anybody other than a parent to accompany a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion.