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NGLTF slams Dean and DNC, returns $5K gift

Wow. It’s actually happening. A large gay group stands up to the two-faced DNC — the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force took Howard Dean to task on his representation of the party’s stance on same-sex marriage, which he discussed on Crazy Pat’s The 700 Club.

Dean said this on the program:

“The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s what it says. I think where we may take exception with some religious leaders is that we believe in inclusion, that everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect, and that equal rights under the law are important.”

The actual 2004 Democratic platform says this:

“We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been defined at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush’s divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a ‘Federal Marriage Amendment.’ Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart.”

How did the NGLTF react? Here’s Exec Director Matt Foreman’s reaction:

Governor Dean is wrong about what the Democratic platform says about marriage equality. Disturbingly, this is not the first time he has misrepresented this important and affirming plank, and he has been asked before to correct the record and to cease making these misleading statements.

Governor Dean’s record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues since becoming DNC chair has been sorely and sadly lacking. The Democratic Party chair should stand by and fight for the party’s own platform and values. In light of Governor Dean’s pandering and insulting interview today with the Christian Broadcasting Network, we have decided to return the DNC’s recent $5,000 contribution to us. We do so with great sadness, knowing that the Democratic Party has long been a champion of our rights. Once again, we urge the governor to accurately represent the party’s commitment to equality for LGBT people and our families, and to do everything in his power as chair to realize this vision. This would include but not be limited to fighting anti-gay ballot initiatives in various states this November. We urge him to take the money we are returning today and spend it to defeat these attacks on LGBT people and our families.”

Unfortunately, Matt, I think you’re throwing the money down a rat hole. In order to defeat attacks on taxpaying LGBT citizens, Dean and Co. have to have a plan, and they have shown no ability to frame an argument on civil marriage equality in response to the homobigots.

These useless Dems are too busy pandering to The Base by appearing on shows like The 700 Club to reassure the fundies that wink::wink:: “we’re on your side about what marriage really means.”

Blenders, do we need any more confirmation that the DNC is telling homos to re-closet in 2006?

Now what will HRC have to say? Anything? ::crickets chirping::

UPDATE: Howard Dean knows he stepped in it. The DNC issued a release. He’s still not off the hook.

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