DAKAR, Senegal - June 27


1. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama

"Well, first of all I think the Supreme Court ruling yesterday was not simply a victory for the LGBT community. I think it was a victory for our American Democracy. I believe at the root of who we are as a people, as Americans is the basic precept that we are all equal under the law. We believe in basic fairness. And you know, what I think yesterday's ruling signifies is one more step towards ensuring that those basic principles apply to everybody."

"what's true those is that you still have a whole bunch of states that do not recognize it. The supreme court continued to leave it up to the states to make these decisions and we are going to have to go back and do a legal analysis of what that means. It's my personal belief but, I'm speaking now as a president as opposed to as a lawyer, that if you've been married in Massachusetts and you move some place else you're still married and that under federal law you should be able to obtain the benefits of any lawfully married couple


resident Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage as a "victory for American democracy" and said recognition for same-sex unions should cross state lines.

Obama's remarks came in his first stop on a planned weeklong African tour, in a country that outlaws homosexuality. He said while he respects differing religious views on the matter, he wants to send a message to Africans as well about the importance of nondiscrimination under the law.

"People should be treated equally and that's a principal that I think applies universally," he said.

Obama spoke at a news conference after a private meeting with Senegalese President Macky Sall in which Obama said gay rights did not come up.