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 Topic: NGLTF: Bush Proclamation on Gay Marriage "Shocking . .

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wik  



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Posted: 6 Oct 2003, 3:44 pm    Post subject: NGLTF: Bush Proclamation on Gay Marriage "Shocking . . Reply with quote

"Marriage is a sacred institution, and its protection is essential to the continued strength of our society. Marriage Protection Week provides an opportunity to focus our efforts on preserving the sanctity of marriage and on building strong and healthy marriages in America."
- President George W. Bush, October 3, 2003

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

"We are shocked, appalled and immensely saddened that President Bush has sanctioned the so-called 'Marriage Protection Week' with an official proclamation. Contrary to his statement, this 'week' has nothing to do with 'building strong and healthy marriages in America.' Rather, it is a bald campaign to demonize and defame gay people and our families, a shameful mixing of religion and politics. This attack is about even more than denying our families equal civil rights and responsibilities that are associated with marriage, but also seeks to deny any legal recognition whatsoever to our families.

The stated purpose of the week on the Alliance for Marriage Web site makes these goals abundantly clear:

"The sacred institution of marriage is under attack. There are those who want to redefine marriage to include two men, or two women, or a group of any size or mix of sexes: One man and four women, one woman and two men, etc. If they fail to secure legal protection classifying these arrangements as 'marriage,' they want to include all these mixtures under the definition of 'civil union,' giving them identical standing with the marriage of one man and one woman."
- "Purpose of Marriage Protection Week," Alliance For Marriage, Allianceformarriage.org.

Through his proclamation, the President is adopting the politics of division and prejudice. He is catering to wealthy and politically powerful organizations intent on permanently relegating a minority to second class citizenship. He is using the civil office of the presidency to support an unprecedented and coordinated drive to use pulpits across the nation to win support for vindictive legislation. Our nation knows from long and painful experience that these tactics only divide and shame our great nation.

We call upon our families, friends, neighbors and co-workers to stand beside gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender America in this terrible and frightening time.

Together, we can prevail."

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NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASK FORCE
MEDIA RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sheri A. Lunn Director of Communications
media@ngltf.org; 323-857-8751

http://www.ngltf.org
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werechick  



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Posted: 6 Nov 2003, 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bush is, pardon my mental obscenities (I'll leave you to imagine)... a dope on a rope.

Protecting marriage? Outlaw divorce. Being a bigot? Outlaw gay marriage.
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Posted: 14 Nov 2003, 12:24 pm    Post subject: We need desperately to get out and vote. Reply with quote

I'm sure that Bush has every intention to do as much damage to women's, gay, and lesbian rights and ambitions as possible in his remaining year in office. If our community gets out and votes, every one of us, we could do as much damage to his republican agenda as possible. I have a feeling that he will not be re-elected, and I sincerely hope that my intuition is correct. He has muffed many things... the Economy, the Iraq situation, the daily death toll of our troops in Iraq, the job situation. He has hurt the very entity he values so highly, corporate America. The average American can see tangible proof of his stupidity in their everyday life. He will lose to a Democrat in 2004. We can only hope that this Democrat will be Howard Dean, whose proven record in Vermont in support of gay marriage, and his specific support of our community, makes him the obvious lesbian and gay choice.
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werechick  



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Posted: 14 Nov 2003, 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah... but I sense he'd just try and steal another election.
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Reza  



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Posted: 3 Feb 2004, 2:29 am    Post subject: Re: NGLTF: Bush Proclamation on Gay Marriage "Shocking Reply with quote

Am I the only one who has wondered how 'freedom of religion' and 'pursuit of happiness' is applicable here?

Those with power use that power to make laws influenced by their religious beliefs. So when they state 'the bible says' that really shouldn't apply to anything. Shouldn't come into laws. Their laws against gay marriage destroys the happiness of those couples who so seek it.

Why doesn't anyone complain about this?
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dratsal  



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Posted: 10 May 2004, 3:40 pm    Post subject: Re: NGLTF: Bush Proclamation on Gay Marriage "Shocking Reply with quote

i find it ironic, almost amusing, that some of the most vocal opponents of gay marriage, who call gay marriage "uncivilised" or "sacred", are some of the worst offenders against the principles of marriage (e.g. adultery) themselves.
especially a certain governor of california makes my brain hurt...

no matter what your views on gay marriage are: you should be opposing the way it is argued against...

dratsal
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JCS1980  



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Posted: 13 May 2004, 10:48 am    Post subject: Not Shocked Reply with quote

dratsal wrote:
i find it ironic, almost amusing, that some of the most vocal opponents of gay marriage, who call gay marriage "uncivilised" or "sacred", are some of the worst offenders against the principles of marriage (e.g. adultery) themselves.
especially a certain governor of california makes my brain hurt...

no matter what your views on gay marriage are: you should be opposing the way it is argued against...

dratsal

[color=blue]I think the word we are looking for is hypocrisy. A lot of people claim to possess moral principles, specific beliefs, or virtues that makes them better than the next person, which is bullsh**!
I know exactly what you mean. I see people in my community proclaiming to be "good", yet I see the same people on the weekends getting totally drunk and cheating on their spouses. Honestly, I am not shocked one bit as this sort of thing has been going on for a long time. It isn't right, no, I do not agree with their "immoral behavior" but as long as that sanctified religous crap is taught to kids about being a homosexual, it is not going to stop. color]
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