NEW YORK — During a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Sunday, Barack Obama told those gathered that religious rights have limits when it comes to homosexuality.
“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions,” he said. “But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.”
Billed as a homosexual gala, Obama had been introduced by Jim Obergefell at the event—the plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision.
“We live in an America where a growing share of older generations recognize that love is love, and younger generations don’t even know what all the fuss was about,” he said. “Thanks to the unbending sense of justice passed down through generations of citizens who never gave up hope that we could bring this country closer to our founding ideals … we now live in America where our marriages are equal as well.”
During his speech, Obama also mocked the Republican party and several of its presidential candidates.
“Even as we are respectful and accommodating genuine concerns and interests of religious institutions, we need to reject politicians who are supporting new forms of discrimination as a way to scare up votes,” he stated. “That’s not how we move America forward.”
“One of their leading candidates argued that going to prison turns you gay,” Obama said, referring to Ben Carson.
“Another candidate boasts that he introduced an amendment to end nationwide marriage equality, which isn’t even an accomplishment at all,” he continued, referring to Ted Cruz, before moving on to Mike Huckabee. “A third says Americans should just disobey the Supreme Court’s ruling entirely. I’m sure he loves the Constitution—except for Article III. And maybe the Equal Protection Amendment. And the 14th Amendment, generally.”
The president vowed to continue to push for progress for the homosexual agenda, as well as other issues.
“What makes America special is, is that though sometimes we zig and zag, eventually hope wins out,” he said. “But it only wins out because folks like you put your shoulder behind the wheel and push it in that direction.”
While Obama has regularly attended events in support of homosexuality, as previously reported, some former homosexuals who have been set free by the power of Christ have asked the president to also hear their stories.
“For years, the president of the United States has sat down with those in the LGBTQ community but has failed to hear the stories of those of us who have successfully left the homosexual lifestyle,” wrote Janet Boynes in May. “As someone who spent 14 years in the homosexual lifestyle and then experienced the transforming power of Jesus Christ, I know it is possible to be set free. For 17 years, I have been living proof.”
She petitioned Obama to meet with people just like her and listen to their testimonies.
“Countless people who are participating in the homosexual lifestyle have visited with you at the White House, and you have supported them on numerous occasions,” Boynes stated. “What about those of us whose compelling stories you have chosen to ignore? We also have voices; and when you were first elected, you promised to listen to us. That has not happened yet.”