The City Council Thursday designated June as Gay Pride month with Ward 6 Councilor Paul Prevey and other councilors praising the contributions the gay community makes to Salem.
The city's Gay Pride Parade is scheduled for June 30.
"What a difference a year makes," Prevey said. He recounted the gains the gay community has made, including President Obama's recent support for gay marriage.
"But the struggle goes on," he said.
Ward 5 Councilor Josh Turiel said he looks forward to 20 years from now when his son, as a grown man, will ask "What was all the fuss about?"