President Obama Mentions Gay Fathers In Proclamation, Then Spends Weekend With Gay Couple In California

In his annual Father’s Day Proclamation, President Obama made an explicit reference to gay dads.


"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."

James Costos, Michael Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Obama spent Father’s Day weekend at the Rancho Mirage, California vacation home of Michael Smith, the White House interior decorator, and his partner, James Costos, the U.S. Ambassador to Spain.

 

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