Task Force to President Bush: ‘If it’s good for the Baltics and Russia, what about here at home?’

May 09, 2005

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to President Bush:

"If it's good for the Baltics and Russia, what about here at home?"

- Matt Foreman, Executive Director National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Speaking in Latvia on the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII, George Bush lectured Russia and Vladimir Putin, saying, "The promise of democracy is fulfilled by minority rights, and equal justice under the rule of law, and an inclusive society in which every person belongs."

Mr. President, you support amending the U.S. and state constitutions to deprive a minority - gay people - of a right the majority takes for granted and sees as fundamental, namely marriage. You oppose giving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans equal protections under the law from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Your administration has relentlessly sought to exclude even the words 'gay,' 'lesbian,' 'bisexual,' and 'transgender' from any federal funding initiative.

So, the question is, 'If minority rights, equal justice under the law, and inclusive society are good for the Baltics and Russia - why not here at home?'"


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by 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.