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NGLTF Tunes Out Christian Coalition Hires

Date: 
June 13, 1997

Although the Christian Coalition has announced the selection of two new top headliners, members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community should be prepared for reruns of the same old show said the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Donald Hodel, former Interior and Energy Department secretary in the Reagan Administration, has been named Christian Coalition President and Randy Tate, a former one-term member of Congress, has become the Coalition's new executive director, replacing Ralph Reed. Tate drew a perfect rating for his votes from the Christian Coalition while he was in office. He scored no points with gays in part because of his vote for the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act and his refusal to support a measure to repeal the discharge of service members with HIV.

"It's a different cast of characters," said Kerry Lobel, Task Force executive director, "but we expect the script to be the same. After all, " Lobel added, "Pat Robertson still holds the remote control."

"The Christian Coalition has used its platform to demonize the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community," Lobel noted. "I urge Hodel and Tate to turn away from their anti-gay record and come out with a new message. It would certainly help their ratings with millions of Americans who have tuned them out," added Lobel.

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