June is Pride Month in most parts of the country. The big San Francisco celebration is the weekend of the 22nd. I’m really looking forward to it.
I was just looking at a couple of blogs and I noticed that Obama put out a statement on Pride month. It now has me rethinking who I will vote for (I haven’t seen what the other candidates have to say about it):
“Pride Month is a reminder that while we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do.
Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.
It’s time to turn the page on the bitterness and bigotry that fill so much of today’s LGBT rights debate. The rights of all Americans should be protected — whether it’s at work or anyplace else. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” needs to be repealed because patriotism and a sense of duty should be the key tests for military service, not sexual orientation. Civil unions should give gay couples full rights. And those who commit hate crimes should be punished no matter whether those crimes are committed on account of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
This Pride Month, let’s make our founding promise of equality a reality for every American.”
Pretty good statement, if you ask me.