The North Carolina governor is gaining praise from LGBT advocacy groups after he signed a proclamation establishing "Gender Expansive Parents' Day" to recognize LGBT parents.
Gov. Roy Cooper designated December 6 as "Gender Expansive Parents' Day."
"All parents, regardless of gestational relationship to a child, gender identity, or gender expression, deserve to be celebrated for the love and nurturing they give to their children," said Cooper.
Cooper issued the proclamation after State Representative Vernetta Alston requested that he do so.
"Mother's and Father's Day celebrations often exclude gender-expansive parents, neglecting the valuable roles they play in the lives of their children," said Alston. "Becoming a more inclusive state will require … making the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people more visible. This proclamation does that.
However, Cooper is facing criticism from Christian groups.
"It teaches that same-sex marriage, same-sex romance, is just as moral and healthy as heterosexual behavior – something that doesn't match the science of our culture's experience no matter what's said to the contrary," said executive director of the Christian Action League, Mark Creech. "It asserts that same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting is just as moral and beneficial as natural marriage and natural parenting, which is a dangerous lie. It declares a mother or a father offers nothing uniquely beneficial to the care and development of a child. Same-sex parenting purposely denies a child either a mother or a father. Moms and Dads are not interchangeable."
🔦 Cooper has faced criticism from Creech and other Christian activists over his LGBT support before when he signed an executive order in 2017 requiring state agencies to let individuals use public restroom facilities that correspond with their gender identity and not their biological gender.