President Obama issues LGBT Pride Month proclamation

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The White House on Friday released a Presidential Proclamation declaring June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. In its entirety, the proclamation is posted on the White House website.

"Let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity — because if hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too," said the President in the statement.

While acknowledging the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the dawn of the modern gay rights movement, as well as recent successes such as last year's Supreme Court decision that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, President Obama recognized the importance of employment legislation as he called on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

"My Administration proudly stands alongside all those who fight for LGBT rights," he said. "Here at home, we have strengthened laws against violence toward LGBT Americans, taken action to prevent bullying and harassment, and prohibited discrimination in housing and hospitals. Despite this progress, 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."

In closing, Obama urged all Americans to support the 2014 LGBT 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."