Potential New York Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr—the conservative former Tennessee congressman boasting the lengthy anti-gay record who now says he is pro-gay rights—has been invited to speak next Wednesday at the Stonewall Democratic Club in New York City. Ford is in for a "rude awakening", reports Elizabeth Benjamin at the Daily News.
Junior will have a lot of explaining to do. After voting twice for Bush's odious Federal Marriage Amendment, voting against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), voting against needle exchanges, voting against extending hate crime protections to gays and lesbians and voting 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.
Gay activists in New York City are already mobilizing a protest against Ford's address, reports OnTopMag. "Seventy people have already accepted a Facebook invitation from New York-based gay rights group The Power to protest Ford's appearance. 'Stop this anti-gay candidate fromrunning for Senate in New York,' the group Crash Harold Ford, Jr.'s Address to Stonewall Democrats NYC says."