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Obama in Berlin: ‘Stand Up for Our Gay and Lesbian Brothers and Sisters’

This morning President Obama spoke in Berlin at the iconic Brandenburg Gate – the very place where President Reagan delivered his famous "Tear Down This Wall" speech.

In his remarks, President Obama told the cheering crowd of thousands that "we are more free when all people can pursue their own happiness."

When we respect the faiths practiced in our churches and synagogues, our mosques and our temples, we're more secure.  When we welcome the immigrant with his talents or her dreams, we are renewed.  (Applause.)  When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and treat their love and their rights equally under the law, we defend our own liberty as well.  We are more free when all people can pursue their own happiness.  (Applause.)  And as long as walls exist in our hearts to separate us from those who don’t look like us, or think like us, or worship as we do, then we're going to have to work harder, together, to bring those walls of division down. 

According to recent polls, nearly three quarters of Germans support marriage equality, although Chancellor Angela Merkel does not. 

You can watch the President’s remarks online here.

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