President Obama Acknowledges Lesbian Moms in Mother’s Day Proclamation

May 7, 2010

Presidential Proclamation–Mother’s Day

A PROCLAMATION

Generations of mothers have labored tirelessly and selflessly to support and guide their children and families.  Their loving, devoted efforts have broadened horizons for their children and opened doors of opportunity for our Nation’s daughters and granddaughters.  On Mother’s Day, we pay tribute to these women who have given so much of themselves to lift up our children and shape America’s character.

Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the words for the song The Battle Hymn of the Republic, led early efforts to establish a day honoring the influence of mothers on our lives and communities.  In the ensuing decades, many Americans rallied to support this cause, including Anna Jarvis.  After the loss of her own mother, Anna helped spur the nationwide institution of Mother’s Day we celebrate each year.

From our first moments in this world and throughout our lives, our mothers protect us from harm, nurture our spirits, and encourage us to reach for our highest aspirations.  Through their unwavering commitment, they have driven and inspired countless acts of leadership, compassion, and service across our country.  Many mothers have struggled to raise children while pursuing their careers, or as single parents working to provide for their families.  They have carried the torch of trailblazers past, leading by powerful example and overcoming obstacles so their sons and daughters could reach their fullest potential.

Whether adoptive, biological, or foster, mothers share an unbreakable bond with their children, and Americans of all ages and backgrounds owe them an immeasurable debt.  Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by two parents, a single mother, two mothers, a step-mom, a grandmother, or a guardian. Mother’s Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate these extraordinary caretakers, mentors, and providers who have made us who we are.  As we honor today’s mothers, we also reflect upon the memory of those who have passed, and we renew our commitment to living the values they cultivated in us.

The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as “Mother’s Day” and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 9, 2010, as Mother’s Day.  Let us express our deepest love and thanks to our mothers and remember those who, though no longer with us, inspire us still.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


Gay Marriage Foe Challenges Iowa Campground Policy

May 7, 2010

by Julie Bolcer | The Advocate

An Iowa state senator opposed to same-sex marriage wants to challenge a change in state parks policy that would extend family camping privileges to married gay couples.

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Coming Out May Cost ROTC Student

May 7, 2010

by Sharif Durhams | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Port Washington High School graduate Sara Isaacson worked for the past eight years toward the goal of becoming an Army doctor like her grandfather. She said she knew she was giving up that dream when she made the decision in January to tell the leader of her Army ROTC program that she is a lesbian.

The University of North Carolina senior’s decision might also cost her $79,265.14 – the price of seven semesters of out-of-state tuition, books and others expenses, all paid for by an Army ROTC scholarship.

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Case is Made Vs. US Marriage Law

May 7, 2010

by Jonathan Saltzman | Boston Globe

A lawyer for 17 gays and lesbians who wed in Massachusetts urged a federal judge yesterday to strike down the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman, calling it an unconstitutional intrusion on a matter previously left to states.

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Chely Wright on Her Decision to Come Out: “I Won’t Be a Whisper. I’m Too Proud of Who I Am”

May 7, 2010

by Whitney Pastorek | Entertainment Weekly

On Monday, country star Chely Wright (“Single White Female”) revealed on People.com that she’s gay. As she explains in her new autobiography, Like Me, she’s known about her sexuality for a long time, but she guarded the secret so intensely it brought her to the brink of suicide after a breakdown in 2005. Now, with her memoir and a new album, Lifted Off the Ground, on shelves, she’s talking for the first time about what she calls her “truth.”

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Lithuanian Court Reverses Ban on Gay Pride Parade

May 7, 2010

from the Associated Press

A Lithuanian appeals court says a gay pride parade can go ahead as planned this weekend, overturning a ban imposed by a lower court that cited security concerns.

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