Former President Barack Obama slammed Republican lawmakers who continue to attack same-sex marriage, six years after the Supreme Court legalized it nationwide.
Obama made the remarks Saturday at a Virginia rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, just days after McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, said he opposed marriage equality.
In an interview last week with the Associated Press, Youngkin spoke of his Christian faith and said he doesn’t support same-sex marriage, describing it as “legally acceptable.”
“Are we still arguing about gay marriage? Really?” Obama, the first sitting president to formally endorse marriage equality, said at the event. “I thought that was pretty clearly the right thing to do.”
“I’m here today because I believe Virginia will make the right choice,” he then added. “I believe America, ultimately, will make the right choice. I believe you right here in Virginia are going to show the rest of the country, and the world, that we’re not going to indulge in our worst instincts. We’re not going to go back to the past that did so much damage, we’re going to move forward with people like Terry leading the way.”
With the Trump Supreme Court, we can't take anything for granted. I'll ALWAYS stand up for marriage equality here in Virginia. We've come too far to go back now.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) October 22, 2021
McAuliffe also called out Youngkin’s remarks. “As governor, I worked my heart out to keep Virginia open and welcoming to all. This type of bigotry and intolerance has NO place in our Commonwealth,” he tweeted October 22. “I was proud to be the first Southern governor to officiate a same-sex wedding. With the Trump Supreme Court, we can’t take anything for granted. I’ll ALWAYS stand up for marriage equality here in Virginia. We’ve come too far to go back now.”