PFLAG Mother's Day to Father's Day Advocacy Kicks Off
with Congressional Visits
WASHINGTON, April 28 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Tomorrow morning
members of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and
(PFLAG) will converge on Capitol Hill to personally deliver
PFLAG's message of inclusion and respect to their legislators.
In this effort, titled Bringing the Message Home, mothers
and fathers of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT)
children will visit their representatives -- in Washington
and their local districts -- to educate and advocate for
a variety of legislation that affects their loved ones.
This year, they will specifically focus on the anti-gay
marriage amendment to the Constitution, judicial nominations,
Local Law Enforce Enhancement Act, Employment Non-Discrimination
Act, Permanent Partners Immigration Act and Domestic Partner
Benefits and Obligations Act. In addition to vigorously
campaigning on these issues, the parents will share photos
of their GLBT loved ones to put a human face on a community
that is often the subject of public discussion.
"PFLAG's Bringing the Message Home project highlights
the vital importance of parents, family members and friends
of GLBT people making their views known to members of Congress,"
said Ron Schlittler, PFLAG's Director of Field and Policy.
"The power of the family voice cannot be overstated.
I am particularly excited about the potential for what our
members and their community allies can do at home in the
district offices of members of Congress."
PFLAG moms and dads have scheduled Washington visits with
Senators Akaka, Boxer, Conrad, Daschle, Dodd, Dole, Durgon,
Edwards, Ensign, Feinstein, Gregg, Inouye, Kennedy, Leahy,
Reid, and Sununu and with Representative Pomeroy. Legislative
visits are also scheduled across the country with Congressional
district offices and local legislators.
"With the anticipated vote on the Federal Marriage
Amendment, PFLAG's advocacy initiative looks to offset an
often high-pitched discussion with information about why
discrimination has no place in the Constitution," said
Alice Leeds, PFLAG's Director of Communications.
PFLAG is the nation's foremost family-based organization
committed to the civil rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual
and transgender persons. Founded in 1973 by heterosexual
mothers and fathers, PFLAG has over 250,000 members and
supporters in over 500 chapters throughout the United States.
Source: PFLAG New Release
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