- Category: LGBT Issues
- Published on Saturday, 02 June 2012 13:29
- Written by Lara Landis
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President Obama signed a declaration making June LGBT pride month. President Clinton made a similar declaration in June of 1999. The Republican administration that held office in the first decade of the 21st Century did not sign any of these declarations. Many pride celebrations take place throughout the month, and government buildings often fly LGBT pride flags in support of the decision.
“The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentally American story. From brave men and women who came out and spoke out, to union and faith leaders who rallied for equality, to activists and advocates who challenged unjust laws and marched on Washington, LGBT Americans and allies have achieved what once seemed inconceivable. This month, we reflect on their enduring legacy, celebrate the movement that has made progress possible, and recommit to securing the fullest blessings of freedom for all Americans,” wrote President Obama in his official proclamation.
Advances in LGBT rights under Obama's watch include the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy and a reversal of his position on same-sex marriage. Several states have passed or have attempted to pass laws defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.