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News :: DNC : GLBT/Queer
Gay Rights Protesters Will Picket "Unity 2004" Reception for DNC Delegates
26 Jul 2004
DontAmend.com has been outraged that national gay rights organizations have demanded nothing around equal marriage rights from the Democrats. "Rather than forthrightly saying that the civil rights of millions of Americans should be defended, most Democratic politicians have treated our equal marriage rights as at best, an unfortunate 'diversion' in their election campaigns," said Andy Thayer, National Action Coordinator for DontAmend.com. In addition to Kerry, other leading Democrats in Massachusetts are in the forefront of a move which could once again ban gay marriage there as early as 2006.
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Gay Rights Protesters Will Picket "Unity 2004"
Dem's Gay Reception for LGBT DNC Delegates Gets Dissed

Boston, -- Citing Senator John Kerry's support for an anti-gay amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution which could take away equal rights in the one state that has them, organizers with the DontAmend.com activist network will protest outside a reception for Democratic convention Delegates. The protest will begin at 8:30 PM, Monday, July 26 outside the Avalon nightclub, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Since the protest was called, the Human Rights Campaign disinvited comedienne Margaret Cho, fearing that the biting and brilliant comic would cause a media firestorm like Whoopie Goldberg did.

Robin Tyler, Executive Director of dontamend.com, a Democrat and previously a professional comic, said "this is a terrible insult to a great performer. Although Margaret is taking it graciously, we believe that it is a matter of both 'freedom of speech' and lack of trust. Since when does criticizing an administration cause such fear? Are we returning to the oppressive days of Lennie Bruce, when a comic could have their career's destroyed if they spoke the truth? Were they afraid that Margaret would utter the same word that the Vice President of the United States said (F-you) on the floor of the Senate?" Well, when one performer is silenced, other
performers should withdraw".

DontAmend.com has been outraged that the National Organizations have demanded nothing around equal marriage rights from the Democrats.

"Rather than forthrightly saying that the civil rights of millions of Americans should be defended, most Democratic politicians have treated our equal marriage rights as at best, an unfortunate 'diversion' in their election campaigns," said Andy Thayer, National Action Coordinator for DontAmend.com.

In addition to Kerry, other leading Democrats in Massachusetts are in the forefront of a move which could once again ban gay marriage there as early as 2006, and in response to the July 14th Senate victory over the Federal Marriage Amendment, Tom Daschle, the Democratic leader in the Senate, avidly courted the religious right:

"Marriage is a sacred union between men and women. That is what the vast majority of Americans believe. It's what virtually all South Dakotans believe. It's what I believe. In South Dakota, we've never had a single same-sex marriage, and we won't have any . . . There is no ambiguity."

"These attitudes are an insult to the humanity of every Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered person in this country," said Thayer. "Unfortunately, the leading political organizations in our community have chosen to politely downplay the Democrats' attacks on our equal marriage rights, all while using the marriage issue in fundraising letters to swell their treasuries. Can you imagine the NAACP endorsing a candidate who OPPOSED legal equality for African-Americans? Can you imagine NOW endorsing a candidate who OPPOSED legal equality for women? Shouldn't we be demanding better from our organizations and 'our' politicians?"

reprint from PRNewswire

For more information about the protest, check out the DontAmend.com website: http://www.DontAmend.com, email RTdontamend (at) aol.com

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