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President Obama Hosts Pride Reception
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/16/12
Last updated on: 06/16/12
 
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On June 15, 2012, President Obama hosted a reception at the White House to celebrate Pride Month. Addressing about 500 enthusiastic members of the glbtq community and our allies, the President rehearsed advances made during his administration and reiterated his support for marriage equality.

This Pride reception, held in the East Room, was the fourth since President Obama took office, and the first attended by servicemembers in uniform. The President acknowledged their presence, and said, "I'm happy to see you with your partners here. We thank you for your service. We thank your families for their service, and we share your joy at being able to come with your spouses or partners here to the White House with your Commander-in-Chief."

The President concluded his remarks by acknowledging that more work was to be done and assuring the audience that he would be at the community's side.

"So we still have a long way to go, but we will get there," he said. "We'll get there because of all of you. We'll get there because of all of the ordinary Americans who every day show extraordinary courage. We'll get there because of every man and woman and activist and ally who is moving us forward by the force of their moral arguments, but more importantly, by the force of their example.

Most movingly, he said, "as long as I have the privilege of being your president, I promise you, you won't just have a friend in the White House, you will have a fellow advocate for an America where no matter what you look like or where you come from or who you love, you can dream big dreams and dream as openly as you want."

In the video below, the President speaks of his commitment to the glbtq community.

 
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