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President Clinton issues proclamation for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

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President Clinton made history on 1999-JUN-11 when he became the first president to announce 1999-JUN as a national "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month." The proclamation coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Stonewall incident in New York City, NY. The latter event was a the first major resistance by gays against police brutality aimed at homosexuals; it is generally regarded as the start of the drive for equal rights for gays and lesbians in the U.S. 

A few days later, the Southern Baptist Convention held its annual meeting in Atlanta GA. On JUN-16, the messengers (delegates) issued a resolution which rebuked President Clinton for this action. It passed with a nearly unanimous vote. The resolution:
bulletasked President Clinton to rescind the proclamation
bulletcriticized the president  for his "most public endorsement of that which is contrary to the Word of God.
bulletrebuked him for placing many Americans to have to choose between "denying a presidential proclamation or rejecting their own deeply held religious convictions."
bulletwas amended to include a demand that the president cancel his appointment of James Hormel to be ambassador to Luxembourg. Hormel is openly gay.

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References:

  1. Tom Strode, "SBC resolution rebukes Clinton for 'gay pride' proclamation," at: http://dddweb.com/sbc99/news55.htm  

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