President Obama included gay and lesbian families in his proclamation for Family Day 2009.

“Whether children are raised by two parents, a single parent, grandparents, a same-sex couple, or a guardian, families encourage us to do our best and enable us to accomplish great things,” the White House proclamation says.

The inclusion is certain to draw fire from social conservatives who oppose gay rights, but it also received a tepid welcome from the gay community, which increasingly fears Obama is all tongue and no trousers on the issue of gay rights.

Several commenters at the LGBT blog Pam's House Blend reacted negatively to the news. “Mr. President,” one commenter asked, “when are you going to actually DO something for same-sex couples and their children? Other than make ceremonial proclamations, that is.”

The community's relationship with the president began to sour when his administration defended the 1996 law that bans federal recognition of gay marriages, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Obama has also refused to sign an executive order that would end the discharges of gay and lesbian military personnel while repeal legislation of “don't ask, don't tell,” the law that bans open gay service in the military, is debated in Congress.

The inclusion of gay families comes on the heels of a newly released study that concludes gay couples are as fit to adopt as heterosexuals.

Using information from Florida's public child and welfare system, researchers at the University of Texas School of Social Work concluded that the “sexual orientation of the adoptive parents was not a significant predictor of emotional problems.”