Niagara Falls. The Grand Canyon. Old Faithful. The Lincoln Memorial. Gettysburg National Cemetery. The crash site of United Flight 93, driven into the ground in rural Pennsylvania on 9/11 when passengers thwarted a terror attack on the nation’s capital.

These spaces tell the story of America – the sheer scope and natural magnificence of the land, the vision and courage of leaders, the sacrifice made to protect our way of life.

They are created by an act of Congress for the purpose of setting aside areas considered significant to the nation – often called “national treasures.”

There’s an exception, though – a law that allows the president of the United States to create a national monument to protect significant natural, cultural, or scientific features” via the issuance of an Executive Order.

And this president never met an Executive Order opportunity he didn’t love.

The parks and monuments must “possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the natural or cultural themes of our nation's heritage,” which is certainly true of those mentioned above, but now President Obama has determined that the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer population qualifies as the equivalent of the Statue of Liberty monument on Ellis Island.

Obama’s Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Parks Director Jonathan B. Jarvis held a joint conference call with the media to announce a move to recognize more landmarks “connected with the LGBTQ community.”

The move comes just months after Obama designated almost 8 acres within Greenwich Village in Manhattan as the Stonewall National Monument in recognition of gay riots that took place at a privately owned club there in 1969.

Jarvis says more landmark-designated spaces are planned.

“This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a groundswell effort for the public to further increase the number of LGBTQ identified sites and interpretations of LGBTQ people... at existing historical sites across the country.”

Activist Tim Gill praised President Obama and Vice President Biden’s commitment to the LGBTQ cause, and revealed the underlying agenda behind the decision.

“It’s not enough to change laws and policies. We have to change hearts and minds.”

In case it wasn’t obvious before, the goal is not to respect those who have not rushed to embrace the normalization of all behaviors, or even just “live and let live,” but to do away with any belief that does not comply with that expressed by Obama, Biden and Hillary Clinton.

 

 

 

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