Sunday, July 23, 2006

Which Side is Harold Ford Jr. On?


Harold Ford Jr.
"I will continue to be pro-family, including supporting a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, without taking away the civil rights of gays and lesbians."
Harold Ford Jr.
"My Faith as My Guide" on HaroldFordjr.com

According to Harold Ford Jr. marriage is NOT a civil right!  This is the same position as George Bush, the Republican Party, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, etc...

VS.

Rep.  John Lewis (D-GA, Civil Rights Hero)
"It is tiime to say forthrightly that the government's exclusion of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters from civil marriage officially degrades them and their families.  It denies them the basic human right to marry the person they love.  It denies them numerous legal protections for their families.  This discrimination is wrong...I've heard the reasons for opposing civil marriage for same-sex couples.  Cut through the distractions, and they stink of the same fear, hatred, and intolerance I have known in racism and in bigotry." (Boston Globe, 11/25/03)

Rev. Joseh Lowery, Civil Rights Leader
"When you talk about the law discriminating, the law granting a privilege here, and a denying it there, that's a civil rights issue.  And I can't take it away from anybody." (ABC News, 3/13/04)

Carol Moseley Braun
"I believe this is a civil rights issue...It seems to me that if people want to marry a person of a different race that's no diffferent than somebody wanting to marry someone of the same sex." (Democratic Debates, Des Moines 11/24/03)

Rev. Peter Gomes, Havard University Chaplain
"To extend the civil right of marrriage to homosexuals will  neither solve nor complicate the problems already inherent in marriage, but what it will do is permit a whole class of persons, our fellow citizens under the law heretofore irrationally deprived of a civil right, both to benefit from and participate in a valuable, yet vulnerable institution which in our changing society needs all the help it can get." (Boston Globe, 2/4/04)

Coretta Scott King, Civil Rights Leader
"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the civil rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'  I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother-and sisterhod for lesbian and gay people." (Reuters, 3/3/98)
 
Democratic Party (DNC):
""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."

We repudiate Bush's divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing the "Federal Marriage Amendment."

Howard Dean, Chair of the DNC:
"As Democrats we believe that every American has a right to equal protection under the law and to live in dignity.  And we must respect the right of every family to live in dignity with equal rights, responsibilities and protections under the law." (July 6, 2006)

"The Constitution was written to guarantee basic rights to all Americans, not deny them to some. ..The GOP touts 'family values,' while Democrats value all families." (June 2, 2006, National Stonewall Democrats Convention)

NOTE:

In 2004, Harold Ford Jr. pledged to LGBT Democrats in Memphis that he intended to vote AGAINST the Republican anti-marriage amendment.  He cited his support off the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed into law by President Bill Clinton, which made amending the Constitution unnecessary, and that the issue should be left to the states.  Two days later, he broke his word by voting with the Republicans for it.  In July 2006, he joined with 202 Republicans and 34 House Democrats to support the Republican anti-marriage amendment again.  He has made his support for the federal marriage amendment--and a similar amendment to the Tennessee Constiution--a centerpiece of his Senate campaign.

HAROLD FORD JR. IS ON THE SIDE OF GEORGE BUSH, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, PAT ROBERTSON, JAMES DOBSON AND JERRY FALWELL.

I AM ON THE SIDE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, HOWARD DEAN, CORETTA SCOTT KING, REP. JOHN LEWIS AND REV. JOSEPH LOWERY.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON??
JIM MAYNARD FOR U.S. SENATE
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