More on Harold E. Ford Jr's "gay problem" ...
After voting twice for Bush's odious Federal Marriage Amendment, against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), against needle exchanges, against extending hate crime protections to gays and lesbians and against gay adoptions, Ford left Congress in 2006 with a "25" (out of 100) rating from the Human Rights Campaign. The former congressman now claims to have supported "civil unions" since he was "elected to Congress in 1996". But there is no record of Ford publicly expressing support for civil unions ... until after his retirement in 2007.
In a January 11 appearance on “The Today Show,” Ford said he now supports gay marriage and had long supported civil unions. "I’ve been a supporter of civil unions since I was elected to Congress in 96," he said. " My support for fairness and equality long existed before I moved to New York." However, the earliest Ford statement supporting civil unions found by Gay City News came in 2007 at an appearance at East Tennessee State University that was reported in the East Tennessean, that school’s student newspaper. He also told students that he intended to run for office again. In 2001 and 2003, HRC asked representatives to co-sponsor bills that granted benefits to the domestic partners of civilian federal workers. Ford was not a sponsor of that legislation in either congressional session.
The newspaper says Ford's spokesperson refused to provide answers "to questions about the former congressman's claims on gay rights issues."
One highlight of Junior's LGBT record: Ford supported a 1998 amendment to a District of Columbia appropriations bill that banned gay adoption in DC. In the next Congress, Ford reversed his position on the gay adoption ban but "supported legislation that barred using federal funds to develop school curricula that addressed anti-gay bullying."
My commitment to equality is unmistakable, the man says ...
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