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Anti-Gay Organizations Announce $2 Million Ad Campaign in Support of Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

Date: 
February 27, 2004

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

Today, a coalition of the nation's largest right wing "pro-family" organizations announced the launch of a $2 million newspaper ad campaign to express their gratitude to President Bush for announcing his support of the "federal marriage amendment" which if passed, would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit the recognition of marriages of same-sex couples and prevent any court in this country from extending any of the "incidents" of marriage to unmarried couples, thus endangering all other forms of family recognition, such as domestic partnerships and civil unions. The ads say, "We can think of no more crucial issue for our nation than the preservation of the institution of marriage."

The ads will appear in every major U.S. newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Arizona Republic, and twelve others. Following is a statement from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman:

"The abject hypocrisy of these so-called 'pro-family' groups never ceases to amaze us. Task Force analysis shows that these organizations care little about the real problems American families face, such as divorce, affordable healthcare, poverty and domestic violence. Instead, they are obsessed with homosexuality and this $2 million ad campaign is just another example of that obsession.

How does extending equal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples harm the institution of marriage or families in America? They can't anwer that question because it harms no one, but does give valuable benefits and protections to millions of people.

These groups have never been about helping families, but about fomenting lies, distortions, and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Here we go again."

For more information on so-called "pro-family" groups, download the free PDF of the Task Force report, 'Marriage Protection Week' Sponsors: Are They Really Interested in 'Building Strong and Healthy Marriages? by going here: http://www.ngltf.org/downloads/MarriageProtectionWeek.pdf.

More information about the battle for marriage equality can be found in the Task Force Marriage Information Resource Center at http://www.TheTaskForce.org/marriagecenter.

ACTIONS:

1. The Task Force calls on its members to forward this message widely and immediately call the White House and their elected representatives to express their opposition to an amendment banning recognition of any form of same-sex partner recognition. White House: 202-224-3121, 202-456-1111, TTY/TDD comments: 202-456-6213. Call and write your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators and tell them to vote against an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning civil marriage for same-sex couples and urge them to lobby their colleagues in Congress to do the same. Don't know who your elected officials are? Go here: http://www.vote-smart.org/ to find contact information for them.

2. Let's match and surpass that $2 million dollars. Support the work of the Task Force. Donate now to the Task Force by clicking on the stop sign link at http://www.TheTaskForce.org. Or donate to your statewide organization working hard in this battle for equal rights. For a list of statewide organizations go to the Federation of Statewide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Advocacy Organizations Web site at http://federationlgbt.org/Members/members.html

3. Members in cities where these ads appear are strongly encouraged to write letters to the editor of their newspaper.

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