Obama Issues Gay Pride Month Proclamation

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President Obama has issued his annual proclamation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) pride month.

The president says this month is about "making our country a more perfect union."

In the proclamation, Obama reminds Americans of his accomplishments, noting he overturned the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and led a global campaign to create the only U.N. resolution that protects "sexual orientation."

"My administration is a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality," the president states in the proclamation. "We have witnessed real and lasting change, but our work is not complete."

Obama says his administration plans to support "a fully inclusive Employment Non-discrimination Act, as well as the Respect for Marriage Act," which would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Former President Bill Clinton was the first U.S. head of state to declare gay pride month in 2000.

Obama picked up the practice in 2009 in his first term.

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