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Barack Obama on the Distinction Between Civil and Religious Definitions of Marriage in Response to the US Supreme Court's Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage

June 26, 2013

On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.

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