President Barack Obama cheered the legalization of gay marriage in states across the country today at a fundraiser in New York following yesterday’s surprise Supreme Court decision to let lower court rulings stand.
“All across the country, now couples who love each other are able to join in that most meaningful of unions,” Obama said in a reference to the court, according to a pool report. Other Democrats have cheered the widespread legalization of gay marriage, which is set to sweep most of the country as the circuits that have already ruled for marriage equality expand their rulings to additional states in their jurisdiction.
Most Republicans have kept silent on the issue this week, although Sen. Ted Cruz ripped the Supreme Court’s punt on the issue as “tragic.”
At the fundraiser, Obama also talked about immigration, infrastructure, increasing the minimum wage and expanding family leave — all issues where he hasn’t been able to get Congress to go along.
“So far, we can’t get Republicans to cooperate,” he said. “History is on our side. Facts are on our side and the good news is that the American people on our side.”
Obama again repeated that his policies are at stake in the election.
“The issues I’m fighting for and the issues I will continue to fight for are at stake,” he said.
Obama also told the attendees that they could be forgiven for not knowing about his successes because Washington and the media are too cynical, according to the pool report.
“The reason you don’t hear about them is they elicit hope. They’re good news,” he said.
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