Obama Praises LGBT Heroes Who 'Bent the Arc of the Moral Universe Towards Justice'

By Amanda Swysgood | June 7, 2012 | 5:05pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) -- In a video message for June "Pride Month," President Barack Obama praises lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, describing them as “unsung heroes” who have “bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”

“Most of these heroes didn’t set out to make history, but that’s exactly what they did,” Obama says in the video.  “Bit by bit, step by step, they bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”

“Now it’s our turn,” says the president. “So this June lets take some time to celebrate teachers and students who take a stand against bullying; openly gay and lesbian service members who defend our country with honor and integrity; families and friends who have seen their own attitudes evolve.”

Obama also states that “change can never happen on it’s own” and adds that “change happens because ordinary people, countless unsung heroes of our American story stand up and demand it. The story of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans is no different. As we celebrate LGBT pride month, we remember the activists and advocates who refused to be treated like second-class citizens. ..."

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“But we also remember the unsung heroes, the millions of Americans for whom everyday acts have required extraordinary courage," says Obama. "The young people who came out as gay and transgender to their parents, not knowing what to expect. The two moms or two dads who went to an open house for a PTA meeting, not knowing how they’d be received. The couple that got married, even if their bosses or neighbors wouldn’t approve -- at least not right away.”

In a White House press release announcing the video release on June 6, it states “Happy Pride!” and says the president made the video to honor “the unsung heroes who have led our march towards a more perfect union.”

The statement also says, “Throughout Pride Month, we’ll be posting periodic updates at http://whitehouse.gov/LGBT -- so make sure you check back regularly.”

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