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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

White House memo to Democratic officeholders on gay rights

"In the end, the values that the president cares most deeply about is how we treat other people," the memorandum said. "The president and first lady are both practicing Christians, and obviously this position may be considered to put them at odds with the views of others, but when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the golden rule: Treat others the way you'd want to be treated."

"We make it absolutely clear that we are talking about civil marriages and civil laws. "This isn't a federal issue. We must be respectful of religious liberty, that churches and other faith institutions are still going to be able to make determinations about what their sacraments are, what they recognize."

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