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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls President Bush’s push for Federal Marriage Amendment ‘immoral attack on gay America’

Date: 
June 05, 2006

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"Yes, this is about pandering to his base. Yes, this is about diverting America's attention from his foreign and domestic failures. But above all, this is an immoral attack on gay people, our families and our fundamental humanity. In the not-too-distant future, all those involved in this spectacle will look back with shame and regret." — Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

WASHINGTON, June 5 — President Bush today delivered a speech from the White House urging support for the Federal Marriage Amendment, a measure that 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 same-sex couples. Leaders of extremist anti-gay organizations, including the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, were in attendance. Despite Bush's supposed sense of urgency, Newsweek magazine quotes an unidentified Bush friend as characterizing the president's action as "purely political. I don't think he gives a s--t about it. He never talks about this stuff."

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

"Yes, this is about pandering to his base. Yes, this is about diverting America's attention from his foreign and domestic failures. But above all, this is an immoral attack on gay people, our families and our fundamental humanity.

"Today, we saw the president again surrounded by the leaders of America's anti-gay industry, individuals who make a living out of denigrating, demonizing and defaming gay people and our families. The fact that friends of the president say he doesn't even care about this issue is proof-positive of the grip that the forces of religious and political intolerance have on the throat of America.

"It is pure hypocrisy for the president to say that all Americans deserve to be treated with tolerance, respect and dignity, while he cozies up to these bigots.

"In the not-too-distant future, those involved in this assault, and their descendants, will look back with shame and regret."

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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.