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President Obama Includes Gay Dads in Father's Day Proclamation

President Obama released a proclamationg for Father's Day 2014:

Blue_obamaFatherhood is among the most difficult and rewarding jobs a man can have. It demands constant attention, frequent sacrifice, and a healthy dose of patience. Even in a time when technology allows us to connect instantly with almost anyone on earth, there is no substitute for a father's presence, care, and support. On Father's Day, we show our gratitude to the men who show us how to learn, grow, and live.

With encouragement and unconditional love, fathers guide their children and help them envision brighter futures. They are teachers and coaches, friends and role models. They instill values like hard work and integrity, and teach their kids to take responsibility for themselves and those around them. This is a task for every father -- whether married or single, gay or straight, natural or adoptive -- and every child deserves someone who will step up and fill this role. My Administration proudly supports dads who are not only present but also involved, who meet their commitments to their sons and daughters, even if their own fathers did not.

Today, let us reflect on our fathers' essential contributions to our lives, our society, and our Nation. Let us thank the men who understand there is nothing more important than being the best fathers they can be.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 15, 2014, as Father's Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

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

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  1. Apparently, adoptive parents are unnatural. Why else would he contrast them to natural. Biological would have been a better word.

    It's amazing how we become sensitive to certain words. Well, at least Obama tried, and he included gay.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 14, 2014 3:57:17 PM


  2. Apparently, adoptive parents are unnatural. Why else would he contrast them to natural. Biological would have been a better word.

    It's amazing how we become sensitive to certain words. Well, at least Obama tried, and he included gay.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 14, 2014 3:57:18 PM


  3. Gay dads who work for federal contractors or serve in the military need the protections against discrimination you promised them, Mr. President. Please issue those orders today similar to those issued by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Clinton. Thank you.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 14, 2014 4:33:52 PM


  4. "Natural child" is a legal term with a long history. It may refer to children born out of wedlock, or to biological children as opposed to adoptive. The longer the list of terms that are tacked on in an attempt to be inclusive, the greater the chances of someone, somewhere, raising an objection. "Biological" has a rather odd ring to it too.

    Posted by: melvin | Jun 14, 2014 4:59:41 PM


  5. As great as President Obama has been for the LGBT community, and I do believe he's been great, I agree with Michael Bedwell. It's not too much to ask.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Jun 14, 2014 6:11:59 PM


  6. Who cares what that tire says.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jun 14, 2014 6:40:10 PM


  7. Melvin, What you say is true, but most adoptive parents react the same way to that word. It's the same when folks call being gay unnatural. In this case, the word is wrong, because homosexuality does occur in nature. I know we can't be PC all the time, but it doesn't stop people from reacting to words

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 15, 2014 3:32:03 AM


  8. @enchantra, obviously gay republicans like yourself do care. No recognition is going to come from your own party.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jun 15, 2014 8:20:32 AM


  9. "Even if their own fathers did not." This is an especially poignant proclamation, coming from a man whose own father was absent. A lovely tribute to fathers, gay & straight. I love our president.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 15, 2014 2:05:31 PM


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