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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responds to president’s radio address

Date: 
June 03, 2006

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WASHINGTON, June 3 — President Bush devoted his radio address today to urging support for the Federal Marriage Amendment, a measure which would amend the United States Constitution to prohibit the recognition of same-sex marriage and preclude courts from extending other types of family protections to gay couples. The President said, "An amendment to the Constitution is necessary because activist courts have left our nation with no other choice." He also said, "As this debate goes forward, we must remember that every American deserves to be treated with tolerance, respect, and dignity. All of us have a duty to conduct this discussion with civility and decency toward one another, and all people deserve to have their voices heard."

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

"Today's radio address is another example of the lengths to which President Bush will go to pander to religious right. They demand that he speak out on the Federal Marriage Amendment and, on command, he obeys. If this were just a political game, it would be one thing. But this is also hurting real families solely to score political points.

"The president's attacks on the judicial system and 'activist judges' are not only insulting to the foundation of our republic but profoundly ironic given that they come from a man who would not be president at all but for 'activist judges.'

"Finally, his words 'that every American deserves to be treated with tolerance, respect, and dignity" and that "(a)ll of us have a duty to conduct this discussion with civility and decency toward one another' are the height of hypocrisy. He knows the forces of religious extremism insisting upon today's address and forcing this issue in the United States Senate have made an industry out of denigrating, demonizing and defaming gay people."

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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.