Monday May 31, 2010
From Bush to Obama: Sanctity of Human Life Day to Gay Pride Month
By John-Henry Westen
WASHINGTON, May 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama has for the second year in a row issued a proclamation declaring June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” While prior to his leaving office President George W. Bush issued a Sanctity of Life Day proclamation for 2009, such a proclamation was rejected by President Obama for 2010.
Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America was not surprised by President Obama’s actions. “Obama is consistent,” Wright told LifeSiteNews. “He takes the side that is short-sighted, harmful to individuals and society, and focused on self. He sides with those demanding that the innocent be discriminated against and the immoral celebrated. He is consistently wrong on moral issues.”
Signed on May 28, Obama’s proclamation boasts that across his Administration “openly LGBT employees are serving at every level.”
The proclamation outlines Obama’s policy agendas for the promotion of homosexuality. He declares,
- “we must give committed gay couples the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple, and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.”
- “We must protect the rights of LGBT families by securing their adoption rights, ending employment discrimination against LGBT Americans, and ensuring Federal employees receive equal benefits.”
- “I am also committed to ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ so patriotic LGBT Americans can serve openly in our military, and I am working with the Congress and our military leadership to accomplish that goal.”
The first proclamation of National Sanctity of Human Life Day was made by in 1984 by President Ronal Reagan and repeated annually. The tradition was continued by President George H. W. Bush, suspended during the eight year term of President Bill Clinton, and resumed under President George W. Bush.