National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Mourns Death of Gerald R. Ford

Dec 27, 2006, 00:00 ET from The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Gay and
 Lesbian Task Force mourns the death of former President Gerald R. Ford, who
 died Tuesday at the age of 93.
     Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
     National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
     "We mourn the death of former President Gerald R. Ford, a good, decent
 and principled leader. Because he espoused true conservative values, he
 consistently advocated for the rights of individuals and condemned those
 who sought to impose conformity of thought and behavior. These beliefs led
 him to support women's rights and to publicly support federal legislation
 to prohibit anti-gay discrimination in employment. When, in 2001, he said,
 'I think they [same-sex couples] should be treated equally. Period,' he
 became the highest-ranking Republican ever to publicly support equal
 treatment for our families.
     "In recent years, he decried the growing coarseness of American
 politics and called for bipartisan solutions to our nation's problems,
 something he always sought while in office.
     "We express our condolences to Mrs. Ford, his children and other
 members of his family and to all who knew and loved him."
     The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the
 political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
 community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing
 broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT
 legislation and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our
 Policy Institute, the movement's premier think tank, provides research and
 policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to
 counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we
 work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and
 identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington,
 D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami,
 Minneapolis and Cambridge. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation
 incorporated in Washington, D.C. Contributions to the Task Force are
 tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. (C) 2005-2006 National
 Gay and Lesbian Task Force. 1325 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 600,
 Washington, DC 20005. Phone 202.393.5177. Fax 202.393.2241. TTY

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