The Embassy held a ceremony today to commemorate Gay Pride Month that was attended by politicians, diplomatic community, members of civil society, academia and the press. The ceremony included a raising of the Rainbow Flag jointly with the U.S. “stars and stripes” flag up the Embassy’s iconic flag pole. After the ceremony, attendees were invited to an informal reception at the Embassy.
Ambassador Robert Sherman led the ceremony and delivered remarks, recognizing progress that had been made in the United States and Portugal, as well as the challenges that lie ahead to ensure equal rights. The Ambassador quoted President Obama, that “we are not truly equal until every person as afforded the same rights and opportunities – that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects us all.” He commended Portugal “for not only its commitment to tolerance but for its leadership on issues like gay marriage,” noting that Portugal became the 8th country to legalize gay marriage. The Ambassador also noted that in the United States, gay marriage is legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia, and that we are making progress in our quest to achieve “a more perfect union.”