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04/19/2007


Watch: HRC's Joe Solmonese Accepts Congratulations for 'Leading the Fight' Against 'DADT' Repeal

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MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell congratulates HRC's Joe Solmonese for 'leading the fight' to repeal "DADT".

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Watch: HRC President Joe Solmonese Says 'Every Player' Involved in the 'DADT' Repeal Process Let the Community Down

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Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, discusses the failed Senate 'DADT' repeal bill with CNN's John King.

Says Solmonese:

"Well I think everybody involved in this process let the community down. Every one of the players in this process let the community down because the fact of the matter was there was a path forward, whether it was the White House, the Democratic leadership, the Republicans who supported this bill. I have to believe we could have found that way forward and we could have gotten it done."

Does he include HRC in that group? Since February, when folks were already expressing concern that there wasn't enough leadership from Congress or the White House on the repeal issue, HRC was insisting that there was a clear path to repeal.

We've seen a lot of things this year, but a clear path is not among them.

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UPDATE: Pam Spaulding calls on Solmonese to resign.

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HRC Claims its Advocacy Made the Mormon Church Less Anti-Gay; Mormon Church Says, That's 'Simply Absurd'

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The Mormon Church is disputing a press release sent out by the Human Rights Campaign earlier this week suggesting that the group's advocacy work had led the LDS Church to remove same-sex attraction from its "list of sins."

Hrc “The new guidelines clearly show that advocacy efforts pay off with real change,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese in a press release.  “We spoke out against the harms of so-called ‘reparative therapies’ on LGBT young people.  Church leaders heard us and responded by dropping their recommendation that such discredited interventions be forced on LGBT and questioning youth.”

“We continue to disagree with the Mormon Church about fundamentally important issues like full respect for the marriages of same-sex couples, but we are encouraged that our advocacy has paid off with real movement that will help save young lives,” added Rev. Harry Knox, director of HRC’s Religion and Faith Program.

The LDS Church responded to HRC's claims, according to FOX13: "The HRC's representations of the changes in the new handbook are simply absurd."

Blogger 'Pride in Utah' agreed with the LDS church, expressing anger at HRC's press release.

"I am furious (about HRC's press release)...Unfortunately this is completely untrue, did no one at the HRC bother to actually read the new handbook? I did. And as I posted yesterday, they still compare homosexuality to: Attempted Murder, Forcible Rape and Spouse Abuse (pg 57). Also, while they did remove one reference to pushing LGBT people into therapy, that doesn’t mean they removed it completely. In another section, they still push for “counseling,” (pg 165). The Mormon church should be receiving absolutely no credit for their changes. They are as bigoted, dangerous and harmful as ever."

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HRC Sends Letter to Obama Saying DADT Must End This Year

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese today sent a letter to President Obama regarding saying that it would be unacceptable for him to not use his authority as President to stop discharges of service members should we fail to succeed in legislative repeal this year.

Here's the letter: Hrc

Dear Mr. President:

Years from now, students of the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality (LGBT) will no doubt see this fall as a pivotal period in the history of our struggle for fundamental fairness.  In January, we were all inspired by your State of the Union pledge to end our nation’s discriminatory ban on open service by gays and lesbians.  Equally inspiring was the testimony in support of repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  We have come so far, but the only true measure of success is whether the thousands of brave gay and lesbian Americans who are serving their country, and the many more who want to serve their country, can do so openly and honestly.  We have not yet met that goal, and without your leadership and unparalleled efforts, this historic opportunity to remove a stain of discrimination from our nation will pass all of us by. 

Last week, lawyers for your administration asked for an emergency stay from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, seeking to end a worldwide injunction of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law while they work to overturn a federal judge’s conclusion that this law – one that you have called discriminatory and contrary to our national security on many occasions – offends the protections of our Constitution.  I continue to struggle with how your administration can defend a law you oppose, and how it could be even remotely constitutional for a statute to single out one group of brave Americans, because of who they are and who they love, and order them serve in silence and deception.  How can our government have a duty to defend a statute that is clearly so contrary to our Constitution’s guarantee of equality for all? 

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Watch: HRC Delivers 150,000 Signatures to Mormon Church Demanding Leader Retract Anti-Gay Statements

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On Tuesday, Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese, with support from the Utah Pride Center, Equality Utah and Affirmation, a support group for gay Mormons, delivered 150,000 signed petitions to the Church of Latter Day Saints Office Building in Salt Lake City, condemning anti-gay remarks made by Mormon Church leader Boyd K. Packer. Solmonese criticized Elder Packer for contributing to the environment of hate which allows anti-gay bullying to go unchecked.

Packer The petitions read:

“I’m appalled that you chose this moment to deliver a sermon saying same-sex attraction is unnatural and same-sex unions are immoral. You have risked further alienating LGBT youth and potentially contributing to suicides of even more vulnerable young people. You’ve told them that their very identities are ‘impure and unnatural,’ and you’ve incited the violence and bullying that often drives them to suicide by repeating lies disproven by both science and the experience of millions of Americans who know their LGBT neighbors and care about them. I hope you will cease putting young people in real peril and acknowledge the scientific truth: Sexual orientation cannot be changed, nor should it be.”

OnTop reports: "Solmonese appeared at the conference flanked by Utah-based gay rights leaders, including philanthropist Bruce Bastian, Affirmation President David Melson, Equality Utah Executive Director Brandie Balken and Utah Pride Center Executive Director Valerie Larabee. Packer's speech, given on Oct. 3, sparked a 4,500-strong protest by local gay rights activists, who called the apostle's words painful."

Mormon Facebook groups have sprung to Packer's defense.

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Watch: Hardball on Republican Support for Gay Marriage

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HRC's Joe Solmonese and R Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans discuss the Prop 8 case and growing Republican support for gay marriage.

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