May 23, 2006

In the News:

Family values? Whose family values?
Task Force applauds U.S. vote in United Nations
Anti-marriage amendment headed to Senate vote
Pride season begins!
In the States


Family values? Whose family values?

"To me, there is nothing quite as profoundly surreal as the way sex and the family is 'supposed' to be in America and the way it really is. And to me there is nothing so profoundly troubling as the unwillingness of progressive people to speak the truth about the realities of our families and to fight to protect them."

Matt Foreman, Tikkun's national Spiritual Activism Conference, May 19, 2006, Washington D.C.

[ read full speech ]
[ articles from The New York Times and The Washington Post about the conference ]

Task Force applauds U.S. vote in United Nations supporting two lesbian and gay rights groups

In a statement released May 22, The Task Force praised the U.S. delegation to the U.N. for its votes supporting the applications of two lesbian and gay rights organizations' efforts to join the U.N. Economic and Social Council.

Political Director Dave Noble said, "We look forward to the time, someday soon, when a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights group will be accepted into this important world body."


Anti-marriage amendment headed to Senate vote

Late last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along partisan lines to send the Federal Marriage Amendment to the full Senate for consideration in early June. The proposed constitutional amendment restricts marriage to a union between a man and a woman.

Eleanor D. Acheson, Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs for the Task Force, called upon the senators to denounce the amendment "for what it is: an attack on gay America and real family values."

Pride season begins!

The Task Force kicked off this year’s Pride season by tabling at Youth Pride in DC, and at Long Beach Pride in California. Although a little cloudy and chilly in Long Beach, that did not deter the Task Force from staffing our booth for two solid days at the first major Pride celebration in the country over the May 20-21 weekend. We signed up people for our email list, handed out fans, t-shirts and stickers with the year’s pride message of "Action is Hot" and "Power is Sexy".

Next stop: D.C. Black Pride May 26 -29th

Join us at the Task Force booth celebrating sixteen pride events between May 20th and September 1st.

In the States

Equal Rights Washington launches new project, celebrates Pride
[ read more ]

Anniversary greetings go to the thousand plus same-sex couples who received their marriage licenses on May 17, 2004, the first day of marriage equality in Massachusetts. [ read more ]

Equality Illinois has helped form the Fair Illinois campaign to keep an anti-gay marriage amendment referendum off the state ballot this November. [ read more ]



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