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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Religious Leadership Roundtable Denounces Homophobic Statements of Eugene Rivers
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Religious Leadership Roundtable says 'The language of civil rights is open to all who seek equality'



Religious Leadership Roundtable Denounces Homophobic Statements of Eugene Rivers

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Religious Leadership Roundtable says 'The language of civil rights is open to all who seek equality'

On January 12, 2005, the Grand Rapids Press (Grand Rapids, Michigan) reported on a speech given by Reverend Eugene Rivers of Boston stating that the gay rights movement had co-opted the language of the civil rights movement for its own benefit. The following is a response from the National Religious Leadership Roundtable of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

"On January 12, the Reverend Eugene Rivers made several ill-informed and offensive statements about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, particularly about the struggle for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Reverend Rivers called the gay rights movement's use of the language of civil rights, 'an exercise in marketing and merchandising,' and suggested gay advocates were 'playing the race card' to gain societal sympathy. It is unfortunate that Reverend Rivers has aligned himself with leaders of the religious right who attempt to pit people of color against gay people. These individuals argue, incorrectly, that laws protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are 'special rights' that threaten the civil rights of other minorities.

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