National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
May 8, 2008

In the News:

Mourning the loss of Mildred Loving
Task Force denounces Michigan Supreme Court benefits ruling
Check out media highlights in Task Force in the News


 

Mourning the loss of Mildred Loving

The Task Force mourns the death of Mildred Loving, whose challenge to Virginia's ban on interracial marriage led to the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling striking down such laws nationwide. Loving died May 2 at the age of 68.

Loving issued a statement last year on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, in which she wrote: “I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others.”

“With tremendous strength and grace, the Lovings challenged the immorality of anti-miscegenation laws that sought to deprive Americans of one of the most personal decisions they would ever make: whom to marry. In doing so, the Lovings altered history for the better.”
Acting Executive Director Rea Carey

[ Read the press release ]
[ Read Mildred Loving’s 2007 statement ]


 

Task Force denounces Michigan Supreme Court benefits ruling

The Task Force denounces the Michigan Supreme Court ruling yesterday mandating that local governments and state universities can’t offer health insurance to the same-sex partners of their employees.

“Michigan families, like families everywhere, desperately need health care and other basic benefits that domestic partnerships confer, especially in these tough economic times. It is shameful that many families will now be placed at risk of not being covered by health insurance that they obviously depend on. This ruling is tragic.”
Public Policy & Government Affairs Director Dave Noble

[ Read the press release ]


 

Check out media highlights in Task Force in the News

Check out the latest media coverage about the work of the Task Force. This edition includes the exit media interviews with now-former Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman, the work around transgender rights in which the Task Force continues to collaborate with our local partners, and the release of the groundbreaking guide, Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People: The Nine Keys to Making Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations Fully Transgender-Inclusive. Task Force in the News also includes coverage of the Task Force’s work with our local partners in places such as California, Maryland and Florida around marriage equality and transgender rights.

[ Read Task Force in the News ]


 

Contact Us       Donate

www.theTaskForce.org