Posted BY: Deborah C. Tyler
On May 31, 2022, Biden delivered to the American people “A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, And Intersex Pride Month 2022.”A presidential proclamation is a directive that grants to the chief executive of the United States certain powers of mandatory ceremony and observance. The power of presidential proclamations is especially operative in enforcing mandatory observances in the federal military and civilian workplaces, as those are the domains over which the president holds direct constitutional authority.
Presidential proclamations generally have two purposes: to highlight an issue of importance to all Americans and to bring attention to the progress the president has made in advancing the issue. The spirit of presidential proclamations tends to be affirmative and unifying. For example, on the last day of his administration, President Trump delivered the “Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day,” January 18, 2021. This uplifting document advances the universal sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and highlights the president’s accomplishments promoting that ideal in law and society.