President Barack Obama included gay
dads in a proclamation declaring June 15 Father's Day.
In his proclamation, released Friday by
the White House, Obama said sexual orientation is not relevant to
being a good father.
“Fatherhood is among the most
difficult and rewarding jobs a man can have. It demands constant
attention, frequent sacrifice, and a healthy dose of patience. Even
in a time when technology allows us to connect instantly with almost
anyone on earth, there is no substitute for a father's presence,
care, and support. On Father's Day, we show our gratitude to the men
who show us how to learn, grow, and live,” Obama
“With encouragement and unconditional
love, fathers guide their children and help them envision brighter
futures. They are teachers and coaches, friends and role models.
They instill values like hard work and integrity, and teach their
kids to take responsibility for themselves and those around them.”
“This is a task for every father –
whether married or single, gay or straight, natural or adoptive –
and every child deserves someone who will step up and fill this role.
My Administration proudly supports dads who are not only present but
also involved, who meet their commitments to their sons and
daughters, even if their own fathers did not.”
“Today, let us reflect on our
fathers' essential contributions to our lives, our society, and our
Nation. Let us thank the men who understand there is nothing more
important than being the best fathers they can be.”