Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

President Obama Honors Mothers and Their Families - All Kinds

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 09, 2010 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Mother's Day, President Obama, Presidential Proclamation

Mother's Day is as non-political as you can get, right?

Well, politics comes in all forms. The personal is the political.

The Bush Administration was a rough time for LGBT families, as well as any family that didn't fit into the "Standard North-American Family" model. The term "family values" was co-opted by the right wing and it seemed like our families and our values were totally forgotten

So it's nice to see the Obama Administration acknowledging that families come in lots of flavors. Including LGBT families.

Mr. President, thank you for recognizing that family includes two-mother families. (But remember, you need to step up to the plate on ENDA and Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal to really honor our families.).

Presidential Proclamation with all the Whereases and Wherefores after the jump.

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 7, 2010

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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.


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Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | May 9, 2010 7:57 PM

blah blah May 7th President Obama "honors" gay moms on a piece of paper only gays even notice

May 6th Obama DOJ on another piece of paper and orally argues that the lawsuit brought by a group of plaintiffs including two sets of gay moms against federal DOMA is without merit because it is constitutional to deny gay couples the same legal rights automatically afforded straight couples

blah blah White House Easter eggs gay families

Lambda Legal lawsuit against Obama Inc. on behalf of two gay moms continues

blah blah equality is a moral imperative

God is in the mix

blah blah I will never compromise on my commitment to equal rights for all LGBT Americans.

I struggle every day between my faith and gays and lesbians.

blah blah hired some gays

many 16-yr. old Clinton recycles

blah blah fierce advocate

15 months after sworn in: hospital visits SOME DAY possible exceptions for church-run hospitals yet to be addressed

blah blah throw the weight of my administration behind ENDA

ENDA in a ditch

blah blah I will throw the weight of my administration behind ending DADT

DADT is justified to preserve unit cohesion and military discipline court briefs

blah blah there's an urgency to ending gay discharges because they weaken national security

10 months ago; 400 discharges later

blah blah I will work with Congress to repeal DADT

refuse for second year to put repeal in DEFAUTH agree with Robert Over My Dear Body Gates: delay repeal vote until it's legislatively dead for years

blah blah blah

keep sending money

I'm underwhelmed, no idea who or what I am voting for in the next election. We should run an anti politician in the next election cycle actually we should run a slate of them for congress and the presidency.

Oh good, more crumbs from President Fierce.

Maybe when he's done mentioning us again, he can take a jaunt over to the supreme court and tell his DOJ to stop defending DOMA and DADT in court using the most hideous language imaginable after the third or 4th time.

Who gives a damn what he says when he's screwing us over.

this was a nice find - thanks dr. j!

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | May 10, 2010 12:22 AM

Please, let's not be bitter about this. It might wake up the Crawford. And truth be told, this is just as important as the invitations to those WH Easter Egg rolls.

That is to say, it's not important at all. It's just another clumsy attempt by the Bigot in Chief to placate the fury of the LGBT communities for his unending contempt for us.

It seems that it's major effect was to drive the always declining numbers of Democrats in our ranks to offer up hosannas of thanksgiving and priase.

After all they don't often get an opportunity to prise Obama or the Congressional Democrats for anything. An I right or am I right?

I'd actually put this below the Easter Eggs Roll, but above a cocktail party with HRC for Pride. There's got to be an objective list of the value of all these events....

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | May 10, 2010 9:18 AM

Please, draw up the list and submit it for discussion.

And while you're at it compare Fierce Defender's line of BS to the Clintons and Bush.

And to round out the discussion compare their long record of attacks and betrayals against the LGBT communities. For instance, in your opinion, how does 'gawd's in the mix' and the defeat in California compare to Clinton's DOMA and Bush's state DOMA campaign.

I actually think you are right on the mark, this is typical Obama lip service while he stabs us in the back.

Maybe I'd be more impressed if he didn't just announce a Supreme Court nominee that thinks those two mommies don't deserve equal legal rights "There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage". Oops, I guess there goes that pesky 14th Amendment. Keep it classy, Kagan.

No one is arguing that this is the epitome of LGBT support, but it is good, and it is important. For those "pooh-poohing" this gesture, I hate to say this, but when there is the next republican in the White House, and our communities do not receive such recognition, there will be much lamenting. In Virginia today, the republican reactionary governor and attorney general are fullsteam ahead, turning back the clock on all sorts of matters, from covering the breasts on the state seal,to investigating academics who say that there is global warming, to revoking the state non-discrimination policies that previously benefited us. All the symbols of support from Obama are important, and they do help to educate America.

The leader for getting Florida's anti-gay marriage ammendment passed was John Stemberger. I follow the boob on Twitter, as it's always good to monitor one's enemies. Our good christian friend had this to say:

"JohnStember Obama's M- Day statement recognizes Lesbian mom's "Nurturing families come in many forms.." http://bit.ly/c0Vlq7 He forgot 5 moms & 3 dads."

I responded with:

@JohnStemberger Like it or not, there are gay families with loved children. Your making fun of them shows a complete lack of character


@JohnStemberger Please stop referring to yourself as Christian. Christ never found glee denigrating others...especially not families.

Must have gotten under his skin a little. He sent a private message back saying I needed to lighten up. So, he just thinks it's a big funny game.

Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | May 10, 2010 11:05 AM

They don't help "educate America" if America doesn't know about them.

And please update your calendar: the year is 2010. This kind of thing was SYMBOLIC "progress" A DECADE AGO when Clinton issued a Pride proclamation. [And, oh yeh, will it be THIS year that Mrs. Obama marches in a Pride Parade as Mrs. Clinton did...again a DECADE ago?]

This is more of the kind of mentality that built all those statues to Obama during the primaries simply for saying the gay word. Not everyone doing that was too young to remember that Jesse Jackson had talked about us during his run nearly a QUARTER CENTURY before.

But FUNCTIONALLY, his words Friday, like ALL of his WORDS, are meaningless even if gays weren't the only ones who know about them. Any two-mother households who might want to file a supplement to their 2010 tax filing saying, "We, Lesbey Anne and Lesbey Sue, want a married couple tax benefit based on the President's shout out" are going to be sorely disappointed.

Any lesbian mom being emotionally blackmailed for some abuse by her ex/estranged husband [e.g., custody/visitation even tho he's a monster; insisting she either not live with her new lesbian partner and/or the kids never see her partner....both of which have been ORDERED BY COURTS in the past] is going to get nowhere waving the President's words in his face. Ad infinitum.

Ya think any gay or lesbian servicemember facing discharge today is going to stop it by saying, "But Obama luvs me?" Or any LGBT civilian being denied a job, a promotion, being fired today is going to prevail by saying, "But Obama 'supports' ENDA"?

And, please, please, please spare us the praise for Obama despite his inaction, despite the multiple court briefs defending DADT and DOMA, despite the multiple betrayals simply based on the fact that he COULD be or be somebody else worse. That's simply a variation of the whole Battered Wife Syndrome..."Well, at least he doesn't beat me as bad or often as my last husband did."

We remain second class citizens after helping elect our SECOND "Messiah for the Gays" because we ENABLE them. We will never sit, with non-LGBT America, at the table of Justice and Equality if we keep celebrating crumbs and scraps thrown on the floor for us.

It's great. I think it's a nice gesture. But it's just that - a gesture. I'd like to see some concrete action.

I also want concrete action, ENDA, repeal DADT, etc. However, I am also very pleased that there are these other areas of recognition. It all is important.