First Lady Michelle Obama answers a series of questions submitted via Twitter in a new video released by the White House. The last questioner in the series asks her about marriage equality.
"Please tell us about your family discussions about marriage equality and thank President Obama for his support!"
Says Obama in the clip:
"This is an important issue for millions of Americans, and for Barack and me, it really comes down to the values of fairness and equality that we want to pass on to our girls. These are basic values that kids learn at a very young age and that we encourage them to apply in all areas of their lives. And in a country where we teach our children that everyone is equal under the law, discriminating against same-sex couples just isn’t right. So it’s as simple as that."
Watch (final question), AFTER THE JUMP...
President Obama's LGBT Pride Month proclamation, just in from the White House:
From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law -- not just for some, but for all. Ours is a heritage forged by those who organized, agitated, and advocated for change; who wielded love stronger than hate and hope more powerful than insult or injury; who fought to build for themselves and their families a Nation where no one is a second-class citizen, no one is denied basic rights, and all of us are free to live and love as we see fit.
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 spokeout, to union and faith leaders who rallied for equality, toactivists 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.
Since I took office, my Administration has worked to broaden opportunity, advance equality, and level the playing field for LGBT people and communities. We have fought to secure justice for all under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr.,Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and we have taken action to end housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We expanded hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients and their loved ones, and under the Affordable Care Act, we ensured that insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to someone just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Because we understand that LGBT rights are human rights, we continue to engage with the international community in promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT persons around the world. Because we repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans can serve their country openly, honestly, and without fear of losing their jobs because of whom they love. And because we must treat others the way we want to be treated, I personally believe in marriage equality for same-sex couples.
More remains to be done to ensure every single American is treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Moving forward, my Administration will continue its work to advance the rights of LGBT Americans. This month, as we reflect on how far we have come and how far we have yet to go, let us recall that the progress we have made is built on the words and deeds of ordinary Americans. Let us pay tribute to those who came before us, and those who continue their work today; and let us rededicate ourselves to a task that is unending -- the pursuit of a Nation where all are equal, and all have the full and unfettered opportunity to pursue happiness and live openly and freely.
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 June 2012 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
As it did last year, the hateful Florida Family Association is flying planes over Disney World warning visitors about gay people visiting the park for the annual Gay Days, tomorrow (photo is from last year).
The group writes:
Florida Family Association has received many, many letters and emails from people across the country who patronized Disney World in Orlando to find themselves in the middle of one of the annual Gay Days at Disney. The most recent letter we received was from Willis in Sarasota who wrote “Just a note to let you know that about 18 years ago my wife and I and our 2 year old granddaughter were at Disney World when it was ‘Gay Day.’ It was the most deplorable sight that we ever saw. I thank you so much for the vision of the airplane banner warning people.”
We want to warn families before they expose their children to Gay Day’s same-sex revelry, before they pay money to Disney for parking, admission, novelties and food. We also want to send a message that Gay Day’s public promotion of homosexuality to a captured audience inside the park is wrong.
OrlandoGayTravel.com had been planning an opposing banner. It's unclear whether that was funded or not.
ORGULLO LATINO: In the Life looks at the Latino LGBT population in America.
HIT & MISS: Chloe Sevigny stars in new thriller as a transgender contract killer.
ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: Body Rock 2012.
HOMOPHOBES ARE FULL OF S**T: A gross-out video from FCKH8.
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George Zimmerman bond revoked; must surrender in 48 hours.
Socarides on the recent DOMA ruling: "It now looks like it will be this case, rather than the more famous Perry case being litigated by Ted Olson and David Boies, that will reach the Supreme Court first."
Photo proof of how the sun ages you: "This man is 69 years old. He drove a truck for 28 years. The premature aging from sun damage to the left side of his face is extensive enough to warrant a feature in the New England Journal of Medicine."
Justin Bieber walks into glass wall at concert, suffers mild concussion.
David Mixner on the evangelical call to kill gays: "The temptation, of course, is for thinking people to cross these preachers of hate off as right wing religious crazies. Their attempt to be the moral police of America is more like the Taliban than a thoughtful discussion taking place in a democratic setting. Not taking them seriously, however, would be a mistake."
Sotheby's to auction rare working Apple I computer.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney addresses ExxonMobil's rejection of protections for LGBT employees: "Under questioning from the Washington Blade, Carney said the White House would continue to pursue legislation — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — to institute non-discrimination protections for LGBT workers as opposed to issuing an executive order that changes policies at U.S. contractors like ExxonMobil."
Hunger Games hunk Alexander Ludwig, is looking, uh, different for his new movie.
Armie Hammer the favorite for Catching Fire?
Adorable photos of David Beckham with his gran.
Nike hosts first-ever LGBT sports summit: "The goal of this ground-breaking event is to create a team game plan for ending homophobia and transphobia in sport that takes advantage of the best thinking and strengths of each organization. The aim is to increase our ability to collaborate on bringing about the change we all are committed to. For the better part of three days, summit participants will identify and commit to completing specific action plans toward ending anti-LGBT discrimination in sports. They’ll also forge inter-group relationships to carry out these action plans."
Henry Copeland, the founder of Blogads, talks about blog advertising 10 years on. Towleroad joined the network near its inception.
Sandra Bernhard joins cast of in-development series DTLA.
Tom Hardy and Logan Marshall Green: Separated at birth?
Pastor Leatherman walks back remarks that his "flesh kind of likes the idea" of killing all gay people.
L.A.'s Abbey Bar to open Chicago outpost? "Long an eyesore in the middle of Boystown, the former auto repair shop at 3532 N. Halsted Street, used mostly for parking cars during Cubs games, could be transformed into the newest outpost of The Abbey as soon as December if all goes according to plan."
Jake Shears flaunts his derriere (work-unfriendly).
Serpent-handling evangelical pastor dies from rattlesnake bite: "Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine , hoped the outdoor service he had planned for Sunday at an isolated state park would be a 'homecoming like the old days,' full of folks speaking in tongues, handling snakes and having a 'great time.' But it was not the sort of homecoming he foresaw. Instead, Wolford, who turned 44 the previous day, was bitten by a rattlesnake he owned for years. He died late Sunday."
'One Million Moms' Deletes Facebook Warning That Green Lantern is Gay After Being Swamped by Pro-Gay Comments
Cowardly American Family Association subgroup One Million Moms is looking more toothless by the day.
The New Civil Rights Movement reports that a Facebook warning the group issued today about DC Comics Green Lantern coming out of the closet was removed after at least 83 pro-gay comments flooded the page.
Check out the 4-page preview of Green Lantern's coming out issue HERE.
GLAAD tells TMZ: "The idea that a comic book character will make young people gay is as outlandish as saying it will give them a green power ring and the ability to fly. Even more outlandish is the idea that there are 'one million moms' who believe this hate group's anti-gay nonsense. From Christian churches to sports fields, to now even fictional comic book worlds, our culture overwhelmingly supports gay and lesbian Americans and that's what anti-gay groups like this are working against."