Obama Includes Same-Sex Parents in Family Day Proclamation


Our family provides one of the strongest influences on our lives. American families from every walk of life have taught us time and again that children raised in loving, caring homes have the ability to reject negative behaviors and reach their highest potential. Whether children are raised by two parents, a single parent, grandparents, a same-sex couple, or a guardian, families encourage us to do our best and enable us to accomplish great things. Today, our children are confronting issues of drug and alcohol use with astonishing regularity. On Family Day, we honor the dedication of parents, commend the achievements of their children, and celebrate the contributions our Nation's families have made to combat substance abuse among young people.

The 21st century presents families with unprecedented challenges. Millions of women and men are struggling to balance the demands of their jobs with the needs of their families. At the same time, our youngest generation faces countless distractions in their social environment. They are coming of age in a world where electronic devices have replaced the playground, televisions have preempted conversation, and pressure to use drug and alcohol is far too prevalent. Parents bear significant stress and burdens to protect their children from harmful influences.

It is our responsibility to talk with adolescents about the risks of abusing alcohol, tobacco, or prescription and illicit drugs, and other harmful behaviors. These substances can destroy the mind, body, and spirit of a child, jeopardizing their health and limiting their potential. Active parents, voicing their disapproval of drug use, have proven themselves to be the most effective preventative method for keeping our children drug-free. A strong and engaged family can make all the difference in helping young people make healthy decisions.

By coming together as a family and discussing the events of the day, parents can foster open communication, share joys and concerns, and help guide their children toward healthy decisionmaking. A strong nation is made up of strong families, and on this Family Day, we rededicate ourselves to ensuring that every American family has the chance to build a better, healthier future for themselves and their children.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 28, 2009, as Family Day. I call upon the people of the United States to join together in observing this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor and strengthen our Nation's families.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.



  1. Zeke says

    Why is it that this man almost always ALMOST gets it right? He always seems to find a subtle way to just miss hitting it out of the park.

    …PARENTS, single PARENTS, grandPARENTS and same-sex COUPLES…?

    Always enough to give the gays the vapors with the fact that he mentioned us while not quite FULLY equating us with REAL people/parents/families soas to not enrage the rabid anti-gay right.

    He’s a master of the speech, for better and for worse.

  2. says

    With Obama talk is cheap, there is an overabundant supply of rhetoric but very little reality. So what about DOMA, Obama? Oh, let’s wait on that. What about immigration laws that separate same-sex couples? Oh, let’s wait on that as well, he says. But he talks so pretty why should he actually carry out his promises to the gay community?

  3. christopher says

    Thanks for the throwing us another frickin bone, ‘bama. Means a lot, really.

    BTW why oh why in the 21st century after Christ are we still using “the year of our Lord” in government proclamations?

  4. says

    What a shock. More Obama hate in the Towleroad comments section. By the end of the year, we’ll have ENDA, Hate Crimes, End of the HIV travel ban, etc. Mark my words. Some people are never pleased.

  5. Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com says

    Blah blah…blah blah. He thinks he’s the President of the United States of Words…and, worse, gets credit for saying things that others have before him. And it’s not just LGBT issues, which it’s clear now were just so much campaign fodder for him, but even issues he DOES genuinely care about.

    He totally fucked up his own Great Initiative-Health Care Reform…being too afraid or too incompetent to take the offense months ago against the inevitable crazies…leaving the floor open to them to grab the ball and run away with it.

    He’s the black Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, little more than a place holder whom History will only remember as the one to break the Presidency color barrier.

  6. unruly says

    “raised by two parents” covered same-sex couples. Differentiating them by explicitly stating them as “other” by class is insulting.

  7. says

    “‘raised by two parents’ covered same-sex couples.”

    “Raised by two parents” may have covered it for us, but certainly not for the majority, who would not understand two parents to include gay couples. “Raised by two parents, including two same-sex parents” might have been better, but the important thing was that he recognized the value of our families in words.

    Good words, Mr. President, now it’s time to back up the words with legislative action that offers gay families the full protections they need to be the best parents and children they can be. Take one step, then another, then another . . .

  8. GregV says

    @Zeke and Unruly: I thought exactly the same thing as soon as I read it. I mean, maybe he didn’t mean that each category was exclusive, but it still sounds just ever so slightly off. He could have said “Two parents of any gender combination, grandparents,…”
    A parallel would be “people and women.” (Actually, I’ve always thought that the expressions “gay ‘and’ lesbian” sounds like that too, since gay people come in both sexes but lesbians come in only one.

  9. says

    @Zeke: I have a same sex parent, he’s my father.
    Same sex parents is a very strange sounding construction to me. What’s wrong with “same sex couples,” [with families] since it’s the coupledom of the same sex that distinguishes them?

    @Unruly: “raised by two parents” doesn’t cover same-sex couples, it makes them invisible.

  10. DR says

    More words, what a shock. How about some action, now? Or words which encourage our other leaders to support our issues instead of this symbolic nonsense most people don’t even know about…

  11. DR says

    But hey, while he ignores us, he can fly out to Copenhagen to campaign for the 2016 games in Chicago (I so hope Rio de Janiero gets it). Oh, wait, the IOC has LGBt issues, too….

  12. Chris says

    Yes Michael MauryPovichManwichisasandwich@CooCoo4cocoapuffs.com is back YEAH!!!!!!

    I figured something with Obama would bring you back here. Don’t worry Michael Bill is slowly bringing Hillary back to the forefront so she can run in 2012 and you and all the girls can be happy so you all can vote the incomptetent Black Man out you know. You just called him The “Black” Jimmy Carter.

    Maybe just Maybe she’ll win it all. And then when she repeats her stand on marriage as she always said. At least you can be a little more happy. Oh yeah it’s only St Hillary I still can’t get married but it’s alright, it’s okay I’m gonna make it anyway!


    And DR he will only be there for 24 hrs. Is that okay with you?

  13. rafi says

    Some of you need to learn to differentiate between calling Obama out for not doing enough, which is fair, and actually getting insulted when he’s inclusive with his speech, which is bizarre.