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Yesterday, Executive Director Matt Foreman of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force issued his response to President George Bush's State of the Union Address.

Matt Foreman's Response to the SOTU

Edit: Adding the following in:

The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Policy Center's Research Director Jason Cianciotto had a much more meaty response to the State of the Union Address:

"State of the Union: Sea Change?"

He wrote:

Has attacking LGBT equality been pushed to the back burner? Supporters of marriage equality can celebrate the fact that their personal relationships are no longer being used as anti-gay fodder in the president’s most important speech of the year. Those who’ve criticized the gay rights movement’s focus on marriage over the past few years can celebrate that important issues like access to health care are no longer taking a backseat to calculated attempts to divide the electorate.

It's a good thing that the Federal Marriage Amendment appears to be off the table.

Originally posted to Lasgalen Lothir on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 11:05 AM PST.

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  •  Reduced to celebrating what they didn't do. (1+ / 0-)
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    slksfca

    Is there any concern yet for assuring the next Dem president doesn't produce a lot more DADT-type "support" for the cause?

    Tricky, with the trend away from "single-issue" constituency service, innit?

    "the people have the power to redeem the work of fools" --Patti Smith

    by Immigrant Punk on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 11:16:22 AM PST

    •  Yeah, I know... (3+ / 0-)
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      tvb, slksfca, Immigrant Punk

      ...but in my 35 years of experience, sometimes you just have to celebrate the small things, such as not being queerbashed in the SOTU.

      And, believe me, I'm still in a mood over the disaster that is Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  The Servicemembers Legal Defense and Education Fund's reports on how many people have been discharged after that policy went into place versus how many had been discharged before it are eye-opening.

      "...there is no locus of great Refusal, no soul of revolt, source of all rebellions, or pure law of the revolutionary." -Michel Foucault

      by Lasgalen Lothir on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 11:20:14 AM PST

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  •  Edited the folowing in above: (1+ / 0-)
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    slksfca

    The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Policy Center's Research Director Jason Cianciotto had a much more meaty response to President Bush's State of the Union Address:

    "State of the Union: Sea Change?"

    He wrote:

    Has attacking LGBT equality been pushed to the back burner? Supporters of marriage equality can celebrate the fact that their personal relationships are no longer being used as anti-gay fodder in the president’s most important speech of the year. Those who’ve criticized the gay rights movement’s focus on marriage over the past few years can celebrate that important issues like access to health care are no longer taking a backseat to calculated attempts to divide the electorate.

    "...there is no locus of great Refusal, no soul of revolt, source of all rebellions, or pure law of the revolutionary." -Michel Foucault

    by Lasgalen Lothir on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 11:26:20 AM PST

  •  Call me a cynic (0+ / 0-)

    It's a good thing that the Federal Marriage Amendment appears to be off the table.

    Until the next election year, anyway.

    Scientia potentia est.

    by slksfca on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 12:04:22 PM PST

  •  Foreman (0+ / 0-)

    is just talking for the sake of hearing himself talk.  He knows perfectly well that same-sex marriage only becomes a national issue during national election years, which this year isn't.  That "response" carries as much substance as the SOTU address itself did.

    Why do advocacy groups have to waste time like this?  It gives them "safe" shots at media coverage, I guess, but the flip side is that the media can wash their hands of the need to cover more substantive output from the groups.

    NGLTF should be concentrating most of this year's efforts on this year's state races (in many states, gubernatorial and legislative elections take place in off-years) since most GLBT political issues are really state-level ones.  Nationally they should only really be concerned about ENDA and HCPA at this time (SLDN and Lambda are better-positioned to handle the fight against DADT).

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