President Barack Obama, who is expected this month to name America’s first gay rights monument, has declared June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
Obama’s proclamation praised the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
“Last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality in all 50 States was a historic victory for LGBT Americans, ensuring dignity for same-sex couples and greater equality across State lines. For every partnership that was not previously recognized under the law and for every American who was denied their basic civil rights, this monumental ruling instilled newfound hope, affirming the belief that we are all more free when we are treated as equals,” Obama’s proclamation declared.
The proclamation touched on the controversial Obama push to allow transgendered students to selected the bathroom of their choice in public schools.
“LGBT individuals deserve to know their country stands beside them,” the proclamation said, adding that this is “why we are continuing to promote equality and foster safe and supportive learning environments for all students.”
Obama also praised his efforts to spread his policy in other countries.
“… our commitment to combatting discrimination against the LGBT community does not stop at our borders: Advancing the fair treatment of all people has long been a cornerstone of American diplomacy, and we have made defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT individuals a priority in our engagement across the globe.”
Earlier this spring, local and federal officials indicated that a small piece of park land in New York City near the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969 would be dedicated in June as part of the National Park system to honor the riots in which gay activists battled with police.
That step was criticized by Rev. Franklin Graham.
“A monument to sin? That’s unbelievable,” he wrote. “War heroes deserve a monument, our nation’s founding fathers deserve a monument, people who have helped to make America strong deserve a monument — but a monument to sin?”
“I can’t believe how far our country has digressed,” Graham added. “Flaunting sin is a dangerous move. God’s Word tells us, ‘Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people’ (Proverbs 14:34).”
h/t: The White House