Obama’s Father’s Day Shout-Out to Gay Dads Riles Christian Right
Anti-gay religious groups have mounted attacks against President Obama because of a brief acknowledgment of same-sex parents in Obama’s Father’s Day address.
A June 21 Examiner.com article reported that right-wing Christian groups had lashed out at Obama following the address.
Obama’s speech praised fatherhood as a "bond forged between a father and a child" that the president said "is sacred. Whether patching scraped knees or helping with homework, dads bring joy, instill values, and introduce wonders into the lives of their children," the speech added.
"Fatherhood also carries enormous responsibilities," the president noted in his June 20 proclamation. "An active, committed father makes a lasting difference in the life of a child. When fathers are not present, their children and families cope with an absence government cannot fill.
"Across America, foster and adoptive fathers respond to this need, providing safe and loving homes for children facing hardships. Men are also making compassionate commitments outside the home by serving as mentors, tutors, or big brothers to young people in their community. Together, we can support the guiding presence of male role models in the lives of countless young people who stand to gain from it."
Obama went on to acknowledge that, "Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a step father, a grandfather, or caring guardian.
"We owe a special debt of gratitude for those parents serving in the United States Armed Forces and their families, whose sacrifices protect the lives and liberties of all American children," the president added. "For the character they build, the doors they open, and the love they provide over our lifetimes, all our fathers deserve our unending appreciation and admiration."