NGLTF rejects Bush's push for Federal Marriage Amendment

'Immoral Attack on Gay America'

June 07, 2006

WAShington, D.C. — President George Bush yesterday 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.

"...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."

Source: www.thetaskforce.org. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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