President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court decision to give same-sex couples the right to marry. In a speech in the Rose Garden, Obama called the ruling justice "with a thunderbolt." The president acknowledged that many Americans have religious objections to the high-court decision. "Today should also give us hope that the many issues we grapple, often painfully, real change is possible," he said. The president said the ruling was the result of small acts of courage by ordinary Americans that made the country realize that "love is love."
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