Barack Obama made an video appearance at the international Gay Games on Saturday, the world’s largest homosexual sporting event, founded in 1982 in San Francisco.
“Welcome to the 2014 Gay Games,” he opened. “And to the thousands of athletes, coaches, family and spectators from around the world, welcome to Ohio and the United States of America.”
Obama appeared via video as he is currently vacationing at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
“Since 1982, the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes and supporters around the world a chance to come together to compete, celebrate and inspire others,” he said. “It’s been remarkable to see the games thrive over the years.”
In addition to welcoming those gathered, Obama also expressed his commitment to working for the homosexual cause and his “pride” in what he and his administration have accomplished thus far.
“We’ve also seen America change in that time,” he continued. “Even since 2006, when the games were last held in the United States in my hometown of Chicago, we’ve come a long way in our commitment to the equal rights of LGBT people here and around the world. I’m proud of my administration’s record and the people who have helped to push for justice.”
“I know some of you have come from places where it requires courage and defiance to come out, sometimes at great personal risk,” Obama said. “You should know that the United States stands with you and for your human rights, just as the athletes stand with you on the field at these games. After all, the very idea of America is that no matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from or who you love you can make it if you try.”
“That’s who we are, [and] that’s who we should continually strive to be,” he asserted. “Good luck to the athletes. Have a great time in Cleveland and Akron, and go team USA.”
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SOURCE: Christian News Network