Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Obama's Formal Proclamation for 'Gay Pride Month'

President Obama isn't doing enough, quickly enough to suit many gay Americans, but yesterday he did issue a proclamation for "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."

-- From "Obama ushers in Gay Pride Month" by Boston Globe Staff 6/2/09

In the proclamation, Obama mentions the legislative priorities, including overturning the Defense of Marriage Act [not actually included in the proclamation posted by the White House], which defines marriage as between one man and one woman and allows states not to recognize gay marriages performed in other states, and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bars gays from serving openly in the military.

"As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected," he adds, calling on Congress and the American people to "work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

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From "It's out: White House resolution honors 40th anniversary of Stonewall for Gay Pride month" posted by Carla Marinucci, at San Francisco Chronicle 6/1/09

President Obama today marked an historic first when he issued a White House resolution for Gay Pride month that honors the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots -- marking the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.

"I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration," he wrote. "The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done."

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