Two civil liberties groups filed suit against the National Park Service this week demanding the release of documents that they believe show the agency caved in to right-wing demands to cut scenes of gay rights demonstrations from the Lincoln Memorial visitor center video. Two years ago, the antigay Traditional Values Coalition and other conservative groups claimed the existing video is not balanced because it shows gay rights, pro-choice, and anti-Vietnam War rallies at the memorial but not conservative demonstrations. The Park Service agreed to reedit the video, but so far has apparently not done so.
Last year the People for the American Way Foundation and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding correspondence and other documents relating to the decision to edit the video. But the groups said Wednesday that after a year's delay the Park Service has not fully produced the documents. The groups say the only way the public will know how decisions about the video are being made is to file a lawsuit. A Park Service spokesman referred inquiries to the U.S. Attorney's office, which says it has not yet seen the lawsuit.