National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
October 9, 2008

In the News:

Please give & give again: Freedom to marry
      in California under serious threat
Ten years. Thousands victimized. Not enough action
Rea Carey demands higher standard from national candidates


 

Please give & give again: Freedom to marry in California under serious threat

A new statewide opinion poll in California shows that “... likely California voters overall now favor passage of Proposition 8 by a five-point margin, 47 percent to 42 percent.” The same poll found a five-point margin favoring opponents of the measure just 11 days prior to this latest finding. During this time, we learned of the massive $25.4 million our opponents have raised so far. They are using this war chest to broadcast lies 24/7 throughout the state of California. And the polls show the lies are working.

So this is crunch time. With less than a month before the election, we must get on the air now to answer these lies and swing votes back to our side. And the only way to do that is to raise more money. The generous $15.8 million that our supporters have given isn’t enough. Not when the other side has nearly $10 million more than we do and the fundraising gap is growing. Please support No on Prop 8 now!

At our recent Los Angeles Leadership Awards, former Task Force board member Candy Cox made a moving plea for people to not be complacent — and to give as much as they can — at this critical juncture. Watch the video.

[ Please support no on Prop 8 now! ]


 

Ten years. Thousands victimized. Not enough action

Sunday marks the 10-year anniversary of the brutal death of Matthew Shepard, and many states and the federal government have yet to enact hate crimes protections covering both sexual orientation and gender identity. This, despite the fact that thousands of LGBT people have been the targets of hate-based violence in the decade since Shepard’s murder.

“Despite this epidemic of anti-LGBT violence, the federal government has refused to enact a hate crimes law covering sexual orientation and gender identity. This shameful failure of national will and resolve must end in 2009 with a new president and a new Congress.”
Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey

[ Read the full press release ]


 

Rea Carey demands higher standard from national candidates

Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey responded to last week’s vice presidential debate with a forceful call to national candidates to end the rejection of LGBT people and guarantee complete legal equality for all Americans.

“I found myself reacting as if I had heard fingernails on a chalkboard when Gov. Sarah Palin talked about her tolerance. I’m sorry, but tolerance with a smile does not equal support for our lives nor does it honor the validity of our relationships and families. Much of the country has moved well beyond the condescension and dismissiveness of ‘tolerance.’ We have higher expectations than patronizing statements of tolerance by anyone seeking to lead this nation. We also have higher expectations for those political leaders, such as Sen. Joseph Biden, who have been our allies on so many issues to finally, and unequivocally, stand up for our full equality.”
Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey

[ Read the full statement ]


 

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