The Edwards-Kerry presidential ticket is the most “gay-supportive” in the history of the U.S., the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute has declared.
The group’s executive director, Matt Foreman – who has vowed to politically “punish,” “terrify” and “torture” activists who oppose his organization’s agenda – says in a statement the presumptive Democratic ticket is ” the most gay-supportive national ticket in American history.”
The group commented on Edwards’ “strong support for key issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and [transgendered]” persons, including supporting nine of 13 key issues of importance to homosexuals.
While it enthused over Edwards’ opposition to a constitutional amendment protecting marriage, the lobbying group lamented that he “does not support extending equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.”
Foreman urges Edwards to use his “strong Southern and populist roots to speak out against the ugly, divisive and anti-gay campaigns being waged all across the country in the guise of ‘protecting’ marriage.”
Kerry’s campaign website includes a page devoted to the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community. The site declares:
“With a 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign since 1995, John Kerry is a powerful voice in the ongoing fight for civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans.”
One of Kerry’s priorities, according to the site, is “protecting gay and lesbian families.”
“John Kerry believes that same-sex couples should be granted rights, including access to pensions, health insurance, family medical leave, bereavement leave, hospital visitation, survivor benefits, and other basic legal protections that all families and children need,” the site proclaims. “He has supported legislation to provide domestic partners of federal employees the benefits available to spouses of federal employees. He was one of 14 senators – and the only one up for re-election in 1996 – to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act.”