National Gay and Lesbian Task Force UPDATE
July 5, 2006

In the News:

Task Force decries decision by New York High Court
       denying marriage equality
Task Force mourns death of Ric Weiland
Task Force and ESPA applaud launch of INMEX
American Academy of Pediatrics on LGBT families
Jason Cianciotto interviewed on Voice of America
In the States


The Task Force decries decision by New York High Court denying marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples; calls it insulting to gay people

The Task Force decried today's decision by New York's highest court that the state constitution does not require extending the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples. The Task Force called upon state leaders to pledge today that they will do everything possible to pass and sign into law a marriage equality bill when the legislature comes back into session in January 2007.

[ Read the full Task Force press release ]

[ Read the decision ]


The Task Force mourns the death of Ric Weiland, a friend and supporter of the Task Force

“Ric Weiland brought gentle power, honest friendship and unfailing commitment to his every act. He generously gave himself and his resources to the great tasks of justice and equality, never asking for praise or place, but always with a grace and quiet honor. I will miss this fine man, my friend. Our community has lost a champion.” — Task Force Board Co-Chair Marsha Botzer

[ Read the full Task Force press release ]


Task Force and ESPA applaud launch of new group working to advance fair treatment of hotel industry employees

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Empire State Pride Agenda applauded the launch of the Informed Meetings Exchange (INMEX), which will help organizations spend their meeting dollars in a way that is consistent with their institutional values and help transform the hotel industry into one that treats its employees fairly.

“The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community spends millions of dollars every year in the hospitality industry, and many of us care deeply about how and where those dollars are spent. Treating workers — all workers — fairly is the bottom line. The Task Force supports INMEX because it shares our values of advancing social and economic justice,” — Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman

[ Read the full Task Force press release ]


Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics finds children raised in gay and lesbian couple families fare as well as those of opposite sex couples and concludes that marriage equality would only strengthen these families. Task Force Policy Institute serves as resource.

In the latest issue of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an article titled "The Effects of Marriage, Civil Union, and Domestic Partnership Laws on the Health and Well-Being of Children" concludes that there is now ample evidence to show that children raised in same-sex-couple households fare just as well as children raised in opposite-sex-couple households and that the rights, benefits and protections of civil marriage can further strengthen same-sex-couple families. The article includes a reprint of a fact sheet created by the Task Force Policy Institute that compares marriage, civil union and domestic partnership laws (see Table 1, p. 353 of the article). The fact sheet is currently available on the recently redesigned Marriage information Resource Center on the Task Force Web site

[ Read the article ]


Jason Cianciotto interviewed on Voice of America

Task Force Policy Institute research director Jason Cianciotto in an interview on Voice of America, on the issue of whether being gay is a matter of nature or nurture, to a listening audience of over 100 million people world wide.

[ Hear the interview ]


In the States

Equality Florida speaks out: press conference in Orlando counters national push by "ex-gay" ministries at National Education Association Conference to infiltrate public schools.

[ Read the story ]


A crowd of around 200,000 showed up at Seattle Pride on Sunday. Equal Rights Washington (ERW) participated in both the parade downtown and the parade on Capitol Hill. Thanks to volunteers who showed up in the early hours of the a.m., 1,400 balloons were blown up for the ERW contingent in the parade, each balloon representing a legal protection accorded with civil marriage. Thirty people marched with ERW, including Anne Durako and Kate Alesandrini, pictured at right in a photo that ran in the Seattle Times.

At the booths in Seattle Center, ERW was able to collect over 2,000 postcards to support Marriage Equality. Thanks for the support of everyone who showed up, and to Andrew Tasakos at University Audi for lending ERW a car for the parade!


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