Earlier today we got to wondering why no national LGBT groups have weighed in on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to hold a “Day of Prayer” event funded by the American Family Association, which has been designated an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. As of this morning, the only LGBT group that had publicly condemned the Day of Prayer was the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, which released a statement on Tuesday about the event set for Aug. 6 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. But this event has national implications. Perry, who may run for president, has invited governors from all 49 other states, and again, the Day of Prayer is being funded by the Mississippi-based AFA, a national group with many active state chapters. So we reached out to the Human Rights Campaign, which responded by issuing the below statement. HRC spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz says the organization is also planning an online action, and we’ll have more info on that shortly. We’ve also reached out to Equality Texas and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, but thus far we haven’t received any response. Here’s HRC’s statement:
“Governor Perry’s decision to work with such blatantly anti-LGBT groups on an event billed as a day of prayer is disturbing,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Despite his horrendous track record on matters of equality, Perry is an elected official with a responsibility to work for the rights and protections of all Texas citizens. Aligning with groups who, on a daily basis, seek to demonize LGBT Americans sets a dangerous precedent.”
Kudos to HRC for being quick to respond to our inquiry and issuing this statement. Now it’s time for other local, state and national LGBT groups to get on board. Where is the outrage?
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