In a statement released Friday, President Obama gave gay dads a shout out in his annual Father’s Day Proclamation. This is the first Father’s Day proclamation by the President to recognize gay parents.
The proclamation reads that President Obama supports all dads who are involved and committed to their children, whether they are “… married or single, gay or straight, natural or adoptive…”
Below is an excerpt from the proclamation. The whole proclamation is available here.
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.
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.