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Sunday, June 20, 2010


In his annual Father's Day proclamation, President Barack Obama praised biological fathers and father-figures.

He also made it a point to give approval to families where two gay fathers are raising children.

"Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a step father, a grandfather, or caring guardian," Obama said.

On Monday, the president will continue to focus on dads, speaking at a Washington, D.C. event about responsible fatherhood.

America has paid a hefty cost for absent fathers.

The National Fatherhood Initiative has estimated taxpayers foot a bill of $99.8 billion a year to support homes headed up by single moms.

The social damage is huge as well. The NFI study showed there was a strong link between homes with absentee fathers and teen suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, rape, crime and homelessness.
President Obama's statements indicate his continued commitment to do what is right and to speak out for that which he believes, despite the potential political criticism he may receive.

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