President Barack Obama has just issued a proclamation designating June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, decrying that “LGBT workers in too many States can be fired just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
“I continue to call on the Congress to correct this injustice by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” the President states.
The U.S. Senate passed ENDA in November, while Speaker of the House John Boehner has refused to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. The President has refused to sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people.
The President also noted how progress now “spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect.” He said, “our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well,” and touted his administration’s “commitment to advancing equality for the LGBT community extends far beyond our borders.”
“In many places around the globe, LGBT people face persecution, arrest, or even state-sponsored execution. This is unacceptable. The United States calls on every nation to join us in defending the universal human rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters.”
The Washington Blade earlier today reported “President Obama will host a reception at the White House commemorating June as the month of Pride on June 30.”
Here is the official document:
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