Sometimes the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) surprises me by doing (or saying) something with which I agree. Indeed, it seems I more regularly hear of positive developments coming from that socialist-inclined group than from its more mainstream liberal counterpart, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
In November, citing a column by Dale Carpenter, I noted how NGLTF distinguished itself from the folks leading the campaign against a Texas referendum to amend the state’s constitution to ban gay marriage when it released a series of TV ads, making the positive case for gay marriage. Other groups seemed more interested “in attacking Republicans than in defeating this pernicious proposal.”
Today, NGLTF seems to be alone among gay groups in condemning “state-sanctioned attacks on Moscow Gay Pride participants.” Local police there joined anti-gay protesters in attacking the parade. 100 gays and lesbians were arrested. Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhov said that he believed such parades should be “inadmissible in our country above all for moral considerations. People should not make public their deviations.“
I’m also pleased that in calling on the Administration to condemn the attacks, NGLTF’s Executive Director Matt Foreman refrains from attacking the president himself or making other allegations against that good man and his team.
Kudos to NGLTF for getting this one right. Too bad more gay groups are so focused on attacking the president that they ignore real abuses committed against gays in other lands.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com