President Obama Declares June 2009 ‘LGBT Pride Month’
By Patrick Craine
WASHINGTON, June 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on Monday declaring June 2009 to be ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.’
“Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement,” he says in the proclamation, “more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before.”
The president goes on, however, to say that he believes that American society still has far to go in opening itself up to the agenda of the homosexualist movement. “The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress,” he says, “but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.”
The President has chosen June 2009 because, he says, this month marks the fortieth anniversary of the homosexual rights movement. The movement traces its roots to June 1969 at Stonewall Inn in New York City, where a group of homosexuals rioted in protest against police raids on homosexual bars. This riot is often cited as the first time in America that a group of homosexuals fought against the government. “Out of this resistance,” President Obama says, “the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.”
President Obama has committed his Administration to support for the homosexualist agenda, as he outlines in his proclamation. He says, “I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans,” including “enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security.” This latter policy disallows openly homosexual men and women from entering the military.
President Obama upset pro-family advocates when in January, on the White House website, he expressed his plan to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act implemented by President Clinton in 1996. This act states that the Federal Government may not treat a same-sex relationship as a marriage, even if recognized as such by one of the states. The mention of Obama’s plans in regard to DOMA has, however, since been removed from the White House website.
The President is calling upon all Americans to work towards “equal rights” for homosexuals and says that he hopes that LGBT Pride Month will advance this cause. “During LGBT Pride Month,” he says, “I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
(See President Obama’s Proclamation)
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