Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring LGBT Pride Month

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring June 2014 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month” in the State of California.

PROCLAMATION

Our nation was founded on the principle of equal rights for all people, but the fulfillment of this promise has been long in coming for many Americans. Some of the most inspiring moments in our history have arisen from the various civil rights movements that have brought one group after another from the margins to the mainstream of American society.

In the movement toward equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, a historic turning point occurred on June 28, 1969, in New York City, with the onset of the Stonewall Riots. During these riots, LGBT citizens rose up and resisted police harassment that arose out of discriminatory criminal laws that have since been declared unconstitutional. In the four decades since, civil rights for LGBT people have grown substantially, and LGBT pride celebrations have taken place around the country every June to commemorate the beginning of the Stonewall Riots.

Last June, in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court made decisions upholding the findings of lower courts that state and federal laws limiting the marriage rights of LGBT Americans are unconstitutional. The outcomes of these important cases, which effectively legalized same-sex marriage in California and many other states, represent the progress our society has made in extending the full rights of citizenship to all Americans. As we celebrate the great strides we are making, we should contemplate the importance of treating all people fairly and equally, so that all may live with dignity and pride.

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim June 2014 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 4th day of June 2014.

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EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California

      ATTEST:

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DEBRA BOWEN
Secretary of State

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