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Obama stops short of endorsing gay marriage

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says gays are our friends and neighbors and should be treated like every other American.

But days after New York state legalized same-sex marriage, the president stopped short of endorsing gay nuptials himself.

He said that the decision in New York was "a good thing" because people debated their views and came to a decision. The president said other states and communities will come to their own conclusions.

The president, who supports civil unions, has said his views on gay marriage are "evolving." The White House is holding a reception later Wednesday for Gay Pride groups but Obama wasn't ready at a news conference to announce a new position.

The president defended his record, including repealing the prohibition on openly gay people serving in the military.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/06/29/national/w091640D51.DTL

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The President of the United States is an avid church goer and following Christian as well as Muslim doctrine, anti-gay marriage. He never made a secret out of it. Everything else is just smoke and mirrors.


There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Teddy Roosevelt on Columbus Day 1915

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