U.S. President Barack Obama found just the right occasion to once again underscore his support for the LGBT community as he included transgenders as a new class of mothers in his 2016 Mother's Day proclamation, WND reports.
"On Mother's Day, we celebrate those who are first to welcome us into the world," Obama said as the nation marked the occasion on Sunday.
"Performing the most important work there is, mothers – biological, foster, or adoptive – are our first role models and earliest motivators. They balance enormous responsibilities and shape who we become as adults, their lessons guiding us through life."
Obama went on: "Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, mothers have always moved our nation forward and remained steadfast in their pursuit of a better and brighter future for their children."
It was the first time that Obama included the phrase "gender identity" in his Mother's Day proclamation, according WND.
It was not included in his 2015 proclamation where he only gave a shout-out to mothers who are "married or single, LGBT or straight, biological, adoptive, or foster."
In 2014, Obama's made no mention of sexual preference or gender identity at all in his Mother's Day announcement.
The President's inclusion of transgenders as a new class of mothers could add fuel to the raging controversies concerning transgender issues.
The latest of such controversies was the decision taken by the Obama administration to expand alternative sexual lifestyles to the college campus. This came about after the Department of Education launched a website which critics say is dedicated to "shaming" Christian colleges that follow biblical principles rather than a leftist social agenda.
The "shame list" posted online by the Department of Education features colleges that have sought exemptions to Title IX requirements that provide special treatment to transgenders.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice threatened North Carolina with financial penalties, claiming that a new "anti-transgender" bathroom privacy law it adopted violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Defenders of the law said it only sought to protect women and children from being confronted by male intruders inside women's restrooms.