National Gay and Lesbian Task Force slams deceptive television ad from the National Organization for Marriage

April 08, 2009

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
Director of Communications
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WASHINGTON, April 8 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded today to the launch of a deceptive and false television ad ("A Gathering Storm") produced by the National Organization for Marriage that intends to spread lies about marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"Everything about this television ad is phony — from the actors portraying 'real people' to the malicious, deceitful lies coming out of their mouths to the ridiculous claim they represent a 'rainbow coalition.' This commercial clearly is a sign of desperation. The right wing is scrambling to gain its footing in the face of a shifting landscape and a flurry of victories for equality; new landscape, but same old scare tactics. We believe that fair-minded people are fed up with this divisiveness and will not fall prey to these fear-mongering tactics."

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and 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.