(CNSNews.com) - In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama took occasion to applaud the legalization of same-sex marriage and promote his belief that “gay and straight” Americans are “bound by a common creed.”
Obama said the “spirit that made the progress of these past seven years possible” is “how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love.”
He lauded “voices that help us see ourselves not first and foremost as...gay or straight…but as Americans first, bound by a common creed.”
Here are some excerpts from Obama’s State of he Union:
“Our unique strengths as a nation--our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery and innovation, our diversity and commitment to the rule of law--these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come.
“In fact, it’s that spirit that made the progress of these past seven years possible. It’s how we recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations. It’s how we reformed our health care system, and reinvented our energy sector; how we delivered more care and benefits to our troops and veterans, and how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love….
“Our brand of democracy is hard. But I can promise that a year from now, when I no longer hold this office, I’ll be right there with you as a citizen – inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far. Voices that help us see ourselves not first and foremost as black or white or Asian or Latino, not as gay or straight, immigrant or native born; not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first, bound by a common creed. …
“It’s 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."