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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Blame gays? Don't buy it!
A Statement from Matt Foreman
Statement from Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"Months ago, we all knew that if George Bush was re-elected, 'gay marriage' would be blamed. A scapegoat is required. Offer up the gays.

The right wing was indeed energized. I would be too if I shared their "values." The Bush Administration has catered to their every request and fed them tons of red meat - abstinence-only-until-marriage "sex education," the "Faith Based Initiative," the ban on late term abortion, restrictions on oversees contraception programs, the ban on stem cell research, and yes, gay marriage. It's sickening and fascinating that when one in five voters said "moral values" was the most important issue for them, pundits immediately equated that with gay marriage alone.

Frankly, the right did a better job in turning out their vote in key places. They've been building their machine - illegally, unethically, or both - through churches for 30 years. They have seized and occupied "moral values" for years.

Our side is not going to make up these deficiencies in one cycle.


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