Oklahoma Families to Rally at State Capitol and Call for Meeting With Representative Sally Kern Tuesday Rally Follows Anti-Gay Remarks From Kern

    OKLAHOMA CITY, March 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was
 released today by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
     WHAT: Families, allies and loved ones of GLBT citizens from Oklahoma
 will gather at the State Capitol on Tuesday in response to Representative
 Sally Kern's recent statements calling the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
 transgender community "the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than
 terrorism" and that GLBT people are "just destroying this nation." Voters
 from across the state, including members of the Oklahoma City chapter of
 Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), will request to
 meet with Kern about her remarks. The public is encouraged to join the
 Oklahoma chapters of PFLAG and support calls for a meeting with Kern.
     WHO: Speakers will include Rev. Loyce Newton-Edwards, president of the
 Oklahoma City PFLAG chapter; chapter vice president Conna Wilkinson; and
 attorney Richard Ogden, chair of Cimarron Alliance Foundation.
     WHY: "Representative Kern's remarks undermine our nation's commitment
 to 'liberty and justice for all,' and do a great disservice to our families
 and communities," PFLAG says in a statement to be released at the rally.
 "Every Oklahoman, and every American, deserves a public servant who
 believes in the dignity of all our children and who refuses to take part in
 divisive and counter-productive attacks on our families. Words matter, and
 Representative Kern's statement sent a clear message that she condones
 second-class citizenship for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
 community. Her remarks disrespect our GLBT loved ones, dishonor the service
 of nearly 10,000 lesbian and gay veterans in Oklahoma and disregard her
 duty to uphold our country's most noble values. Representative Kern owes
 her constituents an explanation, and our families an apology."
     WHEN: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
     Noon - 1pm
     WHERE: The Oklahoma State Capitol 1st Floor Rotunda
     North Lincoln Boulevard at N.E. 23rd Street
     Oklahoma City
     PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
 transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope
 with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public;
 and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
 Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for
 dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a
 society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. For more
 information, visit http://www.pflag.org.

SOURCE Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

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