National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
November 8, 2006

Special Edition: Election 2006

Support for same-sex marriage grows significantly
Task Force hails election victories supporting
       reproductive freedoms
Marriage showdown tonight at People For the American Way
LGBT rights advocates respond to Task Force call to action


   

Support for same-sex marriage grows significantly

Arizona becomes first-ever state to defeat anti-marriage amendment

Races coast to coast show supporting fairness for gay families is a plus; aligning with the extreme Christian right a big minus

"Across the nation, voters rejected candidates who aligned themselves with the extreme Christian right-wing agenda and repudiated Karl Rove's divisive strategy of relying on the GOP's base of so-called 'values voters' and divisive wedge issues to win elections. Voters didn't fall for it this time. The extreme Christian right has been revealed as the Achilles heel of the Republican Party in races across the country." — Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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New election analysis and research available from the Task Force Policy Institute:



 

Task Force hails election victories supporting reproductive freedoms

Election results show that the right wing experienced significant setbacks in trying to restrict women's right to reproductive freedom. Anti-choice ballot initiatives in California, South Dakota and Oregon were all defeated.

Photo caption: ACLU of Southern California's Elvia Meza and Task Force Field Organizer Moof Mayeda lead the No on 85 Day of Action canvass training on Oct. 7. (Courtesy ACLU of Southern California)

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Marriage showdown tonight at People For the American Way

Same-sex marriage: A question of equal rights or an attempt by progressives to hijack a fundamentally religious institution? This evening at 6:30 p.m., People For the American Way (PFAW) Foundation and Young People For will host a two-part discussion pitting Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman against nationally syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher (maggiegallagher.com) for election analysis and a marriage debate.

Don't miss this event, to be held at PFAW's northeast regional office: 149 5th Avenue (at 21st Street), 7th floor, New York City.

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More than 2,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocates convene in Kansas City, Mo., on heels of 2006 elections; respond to Task Force call to action

New political landscape brings activists from every corner of the country to Creating Change Conference on Nov. 8–12 to plan political strategy, activate and energize following Tuesday's election.

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