Obama uses prayer breakfast to challenge host, Uganda

Calls for civility
President Obama chided conservative religious and political leaders at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, condemning an antigay bill in Uganda and challenging them not to question his faith or his citizenship.

“We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are—whether it’s here in the United States or . . . more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda,” he said at the February 4 event in Washington, D.C.

Critics have linked sponsors of the annual breakfast—a secretive and politically connected group known alternatively as the Family or the Fellowship—with ties to the controversial legislation. Gay groups had pressured Obama to combat the Uganda issue head-on at the breakfast.


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