Seeking to boost himself with the Democrats gay voting base, President Barack Obama is proclaiming June to be "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."
"I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans," Obama says in the proclamation.
"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.”
The administration is also making gay rights a pillar of its foreign policy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged Monday to fight for gay rights and called on the world to stop discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, according to CNN.
"As secretary of state, I will advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity," Clinton said in a written statement.
But though the proclamation can be found through a search on the White House Web site, it does not appear in the usual press or release area of the site, the Christian Post pointed out.
“This is just one more example of Obama's apparent desire to distance himself from the gay community,” wrote one poster on the gay-oriented “Tips-Q” blog site. “This follows the White House's substantial dilution of gay civil rights objectives on the same website.”
What exacerbates this situation and foments frustration is President Obama's failure to adequately address any of these issues. The administration feels that it is necessary to reflect reduced objectives for GLBT rights. Yet they have failed to explain why they have done so.
Christian Web sites nevertheless were quick to pounce on the proclamation and spread it around the Internet.
In the proclamation, Obama mentions the legislative priorities, including overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, 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.”
But he doesn’t make any promises on when he’ll do this, nor does he refer to the fact that he has publicly opposed the institution of marriage being used for gay couples.
June was picked to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall protest in New York City that in many ways launched the gay pride movement.
Thanks to that movement, Obama says "more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly than ever before."
Christian leaders are slamming the proclamation. Bob Stith of the Southern Baptist Convention told Baptist Press that the proclamation encourages “pride in what God clearly says is sin.”
“The bottom line," said Stith, who is SBC’s representative for the Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals, "is that if God defines something as sin, we do no one any favors by attempting to blur those lines. Nor will we be doing future generations any favors by obliterating barriers God has put up for our protection.”
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