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Obama: Homosexuality is not a choice

By the CNN Wire Staff
President Obama particpated in a youth town hall Thursday, seen on the Viacom networks MTV/CMT/BET.
President Obama particpated in a youth town hall Thursday, seen on the Viacom networks MTV/CMT/BET.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The president responds to a direct question at a student forum
  • Obama says all people are "children of God"
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Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama said Thursday that he believes homosexuality is not a choice, but the result of people being born with "a certain make-up."

Asked directly if gay or transgender people have a choice or are born that way, Obama told a town-hall style event with students that he was no expert, then added: "I don't think it's a choice. I think people are born with a certain make-up."

"We're all children of God," Obama said. "We don't make determinations about who we love. That's why I think discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is wrong."