President Barack Obama will host his
eighth and final White House Pride reception on Thursday, June 9.
According to the Washington
Blade, invitations for the event were sent out late Thursday.
The president and first lady Michelle
Obama have delivered remarks at each of the seven annual events.
At last year's event, Obama said that
he was closely watching the Supreme Court for a decision that could
lead to nationwide marriage equality. The high court later did find that
gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.
“When I became president, same-sex
marriage was legal in only two states,” Obama told the crowd.
“Today, it's legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia. A
decade ago, politicians ran against LGBT rights. Today, they're
running towards them. Because they've learned what the rest of the
country knows: That marriage equality is about our civil rights, and
our firm belief that every citizen should be treated equally under