Obama Includes Message to Gays in Thanksgiving Proclamation

Penny Starr | November 27, 2013 | 1:37pm EST
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President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) – In his annual proclamation on Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama signals his endorsement of same-sex couples – “no matter who we are or who we love” all Americans are alike, Obama wrote in remarks posted Tuesday at Whitehouse.gov.

“Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings – the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad,” Obama wrote. “This tradition reminds us that no matter what our background or beliefs, no matter who we are or who we love, at our core we are first and foremost Americans.”

Obama’s proclamation invokes Abraham Lincoln’s reference to seeking God’s help “to heal the wounds of our nation” and notes the generosity of Americans who serve in the military or work as volunteers.

“This Thanksgiving Day, let us forge deeper connections with our loved ones,” Obama wrote in concluding his proclamation. “Let us extend our gratitude and our compassion.

“And let us lift each other up and recognize, in the oldest spirit of this tradition, that we rise or fall as one Nation, under God,” Obama said.

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