President Barack Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning, the fifth time he has made an appearance, but the first time since publicly declaring his support for same-sex marriage in May of 2012.
The event is held at the Washington Hilton by the Fellowship Foundation — an organization that represents Evangelical Christians and opposes same-sex marriage. The group has also been linked to legislation in Uganda that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals.
"Love your neighbor as yourself," Obama said to the gathered group of 3,000. "See in everyone, even in those with whom you disagree most vehemently, the face of God. For we are all His children."
The President did not mention the positions on gay rights held by the Fellowship Foundation, or his own public views on the topic.
In past years, supporters of same-sex marriage and gay rights had staged protests and competing breakfast events, but this time there were no People's Breakfasts or other major protests in the nation's capital.
The administration's appeal to lift an injunction against his executive actions on immigration reform was denied. Consequently tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the metro D.C. area will continue to live in the shadows.
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