Wednesday, September 30, 2009

PFLAG President Responds to President Obama's Family Day Proclamation

“Our family provides one of the strongest influences on our lives.”

Yesterday, President Barack Obama’s Family Day 2009 Proclamation began with this single line, which manages to articulate one of the most compelling reasons that PFLAG exists. Our families are the reason each of us belongs to PFLAG. How meaningful it is to have this inclusive statement recognize that families are vital, no matter what they look like.

This is the first time that the White House has included same-sex couples in a proclamation regarding Family Day, and I couldn’t be prouder that the President sought to move America past merely accepting or tolerating LGBT families to encouraging and celebrating them.

“Whether children are raised by two parents, a single parent, grandparents, a same-sex couple, or a guardian, families encourage us to do our best and enable us to accomplish great things.”

The statement goes on to mention that the “21st century presents families with unprecedented challenges,” and we know that full equality for LGBT people and their families remains one of these challenges. But we are working every day to create the fairness that is required for our nation to help build and support strong families and are grateful that our loved ones are included in the President’s statement.

I applaud President Obama for recognizing the unique—but no less wonderful or powerful—families of same-sex couples.

John R. Cepek

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