CitizenLink: Democratic Presidential Candidates Pander to Homosexual Lobby

The homosexual-activist group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and MTV’s
gay cable network Logo are sponsoring a presidential candidate forum
focused on one topic: homosexuality. While HRC is calling it a historic
event, pro-family experts call it nothing more than political pandering.

The 90-minute event is scheduled for Aug. 9 in Los Angeles.
According to HRC, all major Democratic and Republican presidential
candidates were invited. The list of those who have accepted: Sen.
Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.; Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.; former Sen.
John Edwards, D-N.C.; former Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska; Rep.
Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio; and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

“This event, which marks the first time in history the major
presidential candidates will address a live GLBT (gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender) television audience,” reads an HRC news release,
“is part of MTV Networks’ award-winning pro-social efforts and
dedication to engaging its audiences on the issues that are most
important and relevant to them.”

Gravel published an open letter to the GLBT community.

“I promise to use the HRC forum to advance the entire discussion
about gay rights and educate the American public that gay rights is one
of the great moral issues of our time,” he said. “I will call upon all
Americans to stop listening to the televangelists, psychologists and
politicians and start listening to their hearts.”

Connie Mackey, senior vice president of FRC Action, said a debate
focused solely on homosexuality with an audience of gay activists is
“clearly a setup.”

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