National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Responds to President Bush's State of the Union Address

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- President George W. Bush
 gave his sixth State of the Union address tonight. Statement by Matt
 Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
     "Tonight, President Bush told us that he will ignore the central
 message of the 2006 congressional elections: end the unsupported,
 unwarranted and utterly unnecessary bloody war in Iraq. The nightmare in
 the Middle East continues unabated.
     "But perhaps the election results served to check the president's use
 of dangerous wedge politics since he chose not to lobby for a federal
 constitutional amendment to ban marriage rights for same-sex couples. Even
 the congressional co-sponsors of the amendment announced the demise of the
 so-called Federal Marriage Amendment. While this is positive news, it
 hardly erases the last six years of legislative and policy attacks our
 community has suffered under this administration.
     "We look forward to working with the new, more fair-minded Congress to
 repair the hurt created by President Bush's disastrous domestic and
 international policies and to restore our nation's reputation as a society
 in which dignity, equality and justice are available for all."
     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.
     Media Contact: Roberta Sklar, Communications Director, 917.704.6358

SOURCE National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

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