It's good to see so many friends and familiar faces, and I deeply appreciate the support I've received from so many of you. Michelle appreciates it and I want you to know that you have our support, as well. (Applause.) And you have my thanks for the work you do every day in pursuit of equality on behalf of the millions of people in this country who work hard and care about their communities -- and who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. (Applause.)Now this struggle, I don't need to tell you, is incredibly difficult, although I think it's important to consider the extraordinary progress that we have made. There are unjust laws to overturn and unfair practices to stop. And though we've made progress, there are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors or even family members and loved ones, who still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes; who fail to see your families like their families; and who would deny you the rights that most Americans take for granted. And I know this is painful and I know it can be heartbreaking.And yet all of you continue, leading by the force of the arguments you make but also by the power of the example that you set in your own lives -- as parents and friends, as PTA members and leaders in the community. And that's important, and I'm glad that so many LGBT families could join us today. (Applause.) For we know that progress depends not only on changing laws but also changing hearts. And that real, transformative change never begins in Washington.In other words, those of us who see the homosexual marriage movement as a danger to the family structure and the morality of our country are just ignorant old-fashion folks who need to get with the times and get over their bigotry.
I have posted many good arguments (see some here, here and here) and take offense at these comments. I will continue to fight for traditional marriage and for the good of the traditional family, the bedrock upon which our culture is built. The tearing down of the family means our culture is crumbling.
Because I, and others, oppose homosexual marriage and believe homosexual sex is a sin, does not automatically make us a homophobe (which literally means "fear of the same" and makes no sense) or someone who "hates" persons of a homosexual inclination. I don't like sin of any kind, and this one is particularly troublesome, not because of what it is, but because of the cultural shift that it is causing.