President Obama demanded equal protection and support for all troops and Marines who serve in the armed forces, echoing recent calls by Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for maintaining the U.S. military as a secular force welcoming to all faiths, ethnicities and creeds.
We must never forget that the things we’ve struggled for, and fought for, live in the hearts of people everywhere. And we must always remember that the Americans who have borne the greatest burden in this struggle are the men and women who serve our country.
Tonight, let us speak with one voice in reaffirming that our nation is united in support of our troops and their families. … Our troops come from every corner of this country – they are black, white, Latino, Asian and Native American. They are Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. And, yes, we know that some of them are gay. Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love.
“[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
– U.S. Constitution – Article VI