Obama's Proclamation: Some Gruel For The Gays?

President Obama, in a statement recognizing June as gay pride month, says he continues to support a repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy banning gays "in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security."  Obama also reiterates his support for "supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples" and "ensuring adoption rights."  The proclamation finds a way to brag about Obama's accomplishments so far. I doubt the gay rights groups will do more than roll their eyes, but here goes:

I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration -- in both the White House and the Federal agencies -- openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

See the full statement here:  2009LGBT prc rel (2).pdf


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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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