President Obama called the Supreme Court decision requiring states to recognize same-sex marriage “a victory for America.” Now the Commander in Chief is set to honor those who fought for marriage equality by issuing an executive order declaring 6/26/16 National Equality Day.
Speaking once again with Mac Maron, comedian and podcast host of WTF with Mac Maron, the President said he would urge congress to approve National Equality Day as a permanent federal holiday.
“These folks are heroes and deserve to be recognized for their courage and sacrifice,” Obama said. “I can’t think of anything more deserving of a national holiday than the fight for equality. Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. I will be urging congress to honor the LGBT community with a federal holiday, until then I will issue by executive order declaring June 26th, 2016 National Equality Day.”
The President’s first appearance on Mac Maron’s podcast (recorded June 19th and released June 22nd) topped 1.6 million downloads and counting. The show drew headlines after the President’s use of the n-word to make a point about systemic racial bias.
This follow-up show recorded this morning will likely do even better, coming on the heels of two historic Supreme Court victories. Once again Obama spoke candidly about race relations, gun control, health care, and the controversies surrounding the Confederate flag and the lighting of the White House in rainbow “pride colors”.
The White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world,” Obama continued, “the pride colors were lit to reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and to celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights.”
Speaking on the Confederate flag Obama told Maron, “The flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride. For many the flag is a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. Removing the flag would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers, it’s simply acknowledging that the cause for which they fought [slavery] was wrong.”
Maron asked the President how he would deal with the inevitable backlash from the Christian right following the Supreme Court’s ruling, and how some will find issuing an executive order declaring a National Equality Day is rubbing salt in an already hurtful wound.
“Christianity is constantly evolving,” Obama said. “The teachings of Christ are universal and change with the tides. I think some so-called Christians would better serve our Lord by helping others instead of judging those who are different. Our Heavenly Father is one of love and acceptance. Love always wins.”
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