MADISON – In recognition of LGBT Pride Month this June, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate released the following statement: 

“This month, Democrats across Wisconsin and our nation join to celebrate Pride Month and pay tribute to the LGBT community, a community which plays an integral role in the fabric of our nation and our Party.  

“Since taking office, President Obama has taken great strides to better the lives of those who are a part of the LGBT community and their families – from signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to lifting the HIV Entry Ban and guaranteeing LGBT families the right to visit and make medical decisions for their partners.

“Just last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House of Representatives voted to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – a discriminatory policy that has kept thousands of Americans from serving their country because of their sexual orientation. I, along with fellow Wisconsinites, look forward to Senate passage and await the day it is completely repealed so that any American can serve the country they love, regardless of the person they love.

“This month, while we celebrate the strides we have made over the last few years, we also recognizing that we still have a long way to go.  While change does take time, the President and Democratic leaders remain committed to the LGBT community and equality for all Americans.  In that spirit, I urge fellow Wisconsinites to join me in celebrating this Pride month and the LGBT community.”