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In Father’s Day speech, President Obama mentions gay dads

In Father’s Day speech, President Obama mentions gay dads

In his radio address honoring Father’s Day, President Barack Obama made sure to include gay dads.

‘Being a good parent – whether you’re gay or straight; a foster parent or a grandparent – isn’t easy,’ the president said.  ‘It demands your constant attention, frequent sacrifice, and a healthy dose of patience.’

The short talk didn’t dwell on specific policies, although he promised  ‘to encourage marriage and strong families.’ Instead, the president talked about growing up without a father.

‘I never really knew my own father.  I was raised by a single mom and two wonderful grandparents who made incredible sacrifices for me.  And there are single parents all across the country who do a heroic job raising terrific kids.’

Focusing on his family, the First Lady and Daughters, Obama noted when he thinks about his life they will be more important than any bill.

‘I’ll be thinking about Michelle, and the journey we’ve been on together.  I’ll be thinking about Sasha’s dance recitals and Malia’s tennis matches – about the conversations we’ve had and the quiet moments we’ve shared.  I’ll be thinking about whether I did right by them, and whether they knew, every day, just how much they were loved.’

When talking about families, the president usually refers to gays and lesbians. In a recent commencement speech at all-male Morehouse College,  he urged the graduates to ‘be the best husband to your wife, or your boyfriend, or your partner. Be the best father you can be to your children. Because nothing is more important.’ 

Below is a video of the president’s Father’s Day speech: