National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to Spitzer resignation

March 12, 2008

Roberta Sklar, Communications Director
(Office) 646.358.1465
(Cell) 917.704.6358

WASHINGTON, March 12 — Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York announced his resignation today. Spitzer said his resignation is to be effective Monday, and that Lt. Gov. David Paterson would be sworn in to replace him.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“If there is any consolation in this sad, sad situation surrounding Governor Spitzer, it’s that David Paterson is the staunchest ally our New York community has ever had. We know we can count on him to continue his decades-long commitment to winning full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers.”


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.