Donald Trump on Saturday called on Congress to allow gay people to marry, saying it was time for “openness” to embrace gay people.
Trump, who has often described himself as an open-minded Christian, said his son Eric Trump has been married for more than 20 years.
The president is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, is a Mormon.
Trump has also long been open about his faith, saying he “believe[s] in God” and that he is “a Christian by choice.”
“It is time to open our hearts and hearts to all Americans and allow them to embrace a life of love, acceptance, and acceptance of everyone,” Trump said in a statement.
“My prayers are with Eric and his family as they make the difficult decision to seek to marry a loving and committed man or woman,” he said.
“I am deeply honored to have the honor of being the President of the United States.
God bless you all.
The White House on Saturday was responding to a question about whether Trump would support gay marriage.
Trump’s stance is a departure from the Obama administration, which said it was “not appropriate” for gay couples to wed, but he did not specifically mention gay marriage in his remarks.
Trump said that he and Eric have always been “open to” marriage equality, but it was the first time he mentioned gay marriage during his remarks on Saturday.
“In this day and age, it’s been so long since people have truly embraced us as human beings,” Trump told the audience.
“I think people want to look at us as a family and not just a couple.
And it’s time for people to open their hearts and their hearts to us, not just because of the politics of the day, but because of love.”
The Republican president has been openly gay in the past.
Trump once said in an interview that he had “a great relationship” with his partner, model Gisele Bundchen, and they were “best friends.”
Bundchen was married to singer Katy Perry in 2009.
In 2013, he married his longtime partner, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, to another woman.