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SHe Said Jan. 26, 2005

By | 2006-01-26T09:00:00-05:00 January 26th, 2006|News|

“In 2004, the religious right was concerned about re-electing George W. Bush. They couldn’t come to black churches to talk about the war, about health care, about poverty. So they did what they always do and reached for the bigotry against gay and lesbian people.”
{ITAL – The Rev. Al Sharpton, speaking at a National Black Justice Coalition conference of African-American ministers and LGBT activists Jan. 20, as quoted by the New York Times, Jan. 21, 2006.
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“When tradition is the guise under which prejudice or animosity hides, it is not a legitimate state interest.”
– From the Jan, 20, 2006 ruling by a Maryland circuit court that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violates the state’s constitution.

“I’m not going to want to leave it forever, but it’s not one of the five top priorities.”
– Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his Conservative party’s desire to overturn marriage equality in Canada, as quoted by The Calgary Sun, Jan. 19, 2006.

“I never wanted to put a label on myself but, yes, I have dated women. It’s about the person and what’s in their soul. Right now, I am dating a man, but hey, I can still look at the girls. I think everybody’s got a little queer in them.”
– Singer Gioia Bruno, formerly of Expose, on Q Television Network’s “Brunch,” Jan. 20, 2006.

“Your mother could still believe the homophobic and mistaken notion that a gay man adopting a boy means he will molest the child. That would explain her extreme negative reaction to your good news. My advice is to talk frankly with your parents and make sure they understand that according to an article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics back in 1994, ‘Most child abuse appears to be committed by situational child abusers who present themselves as heterosexuals.'”
– Abigail Van Buren to a gay man struggling with his parents’ reaction to his plan to adopt in her Jan. 6, 2006 Dear Abby column.

“The amendment supports marriage but doesn’t stand against anything. We want to say marriage is something, and we also want to give the freedom for citizens or legislators if they want to give similar benefits to other people.”
– Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor of Colorado’s 12,000-member New Life Church, on the state’s proposed marriage ban, as quoted by the Denver Post, Jan. 18, 2006.

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