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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - For the eighth year in a row, Obama is declaring June LGBT Pride month.
In a White House press release issued Tuesday, Pres. Obama is acknowledging "forward-thinking… advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society."
President Bill Clinton was the first to dedicate June as Lesbian and Gay Pride Month, doing so in 2000. Since the first full year of his presidency in 2009, Obama has dedicated June Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual Pride Month.
In this year's press release Obama praised the 2015 Supreme Court decision to legalize so-called gay marriage, forcing its legal legitimacy even in states where the citizens voted against it. He additionally referred to it as a "basic civil right."
He mentioned his administration is seeking to provide "affordable, welcoming, and supportive housing" to aging LGBT Americans and condemns conversion therapy as "harmful" to minors. The president accurately characterized homosexual men as being particularly high risk for HIV and AIDS infection — approximately 81 percent more likely than the rest of the population.
Obama also spoke about promoting the "rights" of LGBT people around the world, reiterating comments made in his first LGBT Pride Month press release in 2009.
Similar to Clinton's previous proclamations and his own, Obama promoted his own actions to further the LGBT agenda, specifically mentioning a 2014 executive order prohibiting the firing of federal employees according to sexual orientation or gender identity.
His 2011 press release praised the revocation of Clinton's 1994 "Don't ask, don't tell" policy forbidding homosexuals and transgender members of the military from being open about their sexuality, and declared, "Americans can serve their country openly, honestly, and without fear of losing their jobs because of whom they love."
He makes no mention of the recent controversial North Carolina "bathroom law" or his administration's lawsuit against the state.
As far back as 2004, Obama said in an interview he was against so-called gay marriage, "What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman," he remarked. "What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it's not simply the two persons who are meeting." He even claimed at the time that marriage wasn't a civil right.
It was only in his 2012 LGBT Pride Month press release where he specifically mentions he supports "marriage equality."