Obama also gave a speech the day after Father’s Day that did not mention same-sex parenting. The speech was widely praised.
“Here’s the key message I think all of us want to send today to fathers all across the country: Our children don’t need us to be superheroes,” he said in the speech. “They don’t need us to be perfect. They do need us to be present. They need us to show up and give it our best shot, no matter what else is going on in our lives. They need us to show them—not just with words, but with deeds—that they, those kids, are always our first priority.”
Obama, whose father left him at age 2, further said, “We know that children who grow up without a father are more likely to live in poverty. They’re more likely to drop out of school. They’re more likely to wind up in prison. They’re more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. They’re more likely to run away from home. They’re more likely to become teenage parents themselves.”
He said of his own childhood, “And while I was lucky to have a wonderful mother and loving grandparents who poured everything they had into me and my sister, I still felt the weight of that absence. It’s something that leaves a hole in a child’s life that no government can fill.”
The Southern Baptist Convention has a ministry to homosexuals. Find more information at www.sbcthewayout.com. Read Obama’s Father’s Day proclamation at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-fathers-day and his Mother’s Day proclamation at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-mothers-day.
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