taking its cause to the boyhood streets of Senate majority
leader Bill Frist, the man responsible for reintroducing the
controversial Federal Marriage Amendment in Congress. Ahead
of the amendment's vote next week, the gay rights
group is placing 16 billboard posters in and
around Frist's hometown of Nashville to call attention
to what they call Republicans' pandering to the religious right.
The billboards feature part of a speech given by
Coretta Scott King when she said, "Gay and
lesbian people have families, and their families
should have legal protections, whether by marriage or civil
union. A constitutional amendment banning same-sex
marriages is a form of gay bashing, and it would do
nothing at all to protect traditional marriages."
Soulforce is reminding Senator Frist's
hometown that King stood for the full equality of
lesbian and gay Americans and against homophobia,
especially homophobia in the black community. The group
contends that proponents of the amendment, which
failed to garner enough votes in 2004, think
it's their duty to force a public vote by scapegoating
gays and lesbians as threats to heterosexual marriage.
(Sirius OutQ News)