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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Massachusetts is home to a vibrant and diverse population. This week we welcome and join all members of the GLBT community in celebrating their diversity and their involvement in our Commonwealth; and
Whereas All citizens come before their government as equals and government cannot discriminate against its citizens; and
Whereas This year we mark the seventh anniversary of marriage equality in the Commonwealth, a result of the decision inGoodridge v. Department of Public Health, the landmark Supreme Judicial Court case that stated that same-sex couples have the right to marry; and
Whereas This year’s Pride Month, themed "Moving Forward ... Proud, Strong, United," represents the hardships that the GLBT community has persevered through and the drive to move forward together; and
Whereas We are thankful for the many contributions members of the GLBT community continue to make within our Commonwealth,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 2013, to be,
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this fourteenth day of May, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth