Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bush Gives $500 Million to Anti-Gay Groups

(Link) Now that he's quashed terrorism and eliminated poverty, Dubya throws half a billion to faith-based programs to "promote and strengthen" hetero marriage. Besides the obvious, none of the cash can be used to assist same-sex couples where domestic partnerships or civil unions are legal.

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JIC Post:
By Paul Johnson

(Washington, DC) With leaders of some of America's leading anti-gay marriage groups looking on President Bush has signed legislation giving $500 million to faith-based programs to promote and strengthen opposite-sex marriage.

The provision is part of the deficit reduction bill passed by Congress. "[It] allows faith-based groups that provide social services to receive federal funding without changing the way they hire," Bush noted at the White House signing ceremony.

Under the law faith-based groups are able to circumvent local and human rights laws that are supposed to protect LGBT workers.

Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Wade Horn said that the financial windfall is not intended to specifically oppose same-sex marriage, although the President is a major supporter of a proposed amendment to ban gay marriage in the Constitution.

Horn said, however, that none of the money could be used to promote or support same-sex marriage in Massachusetts where gay marriage is legal.

The money also could not be used to support gay families where civil unions or domestic partnerships are allowed.

Horn cited the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as "the union of one man and woman" for all federal programs and services.

The White House's so-called marriage initiative has been under fire for the past year after it was learned the administration had secretly paid journalists to promote the plan.

Last October the US Attorney's office started an inquiry into the use by the Bush administration of anti-gay commentator Armstrong Williams to promote the initiative.

Last year 3675Gay.com reported that Williams was paid nearly a quarter million dollars by the White House to promote the President's agenda in his columns and nationally syndicated talk show.

Williams is a former aide to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In a column following the 2004 election Williams linked gay rights advocates with organized crime.

"Despite the rhetoric that you hear from the homosexual Cosa Nostra, the lack of support for the gay marriage amendment has nothing to do with prejudice," he wrote.

After Williams was exposed two other cases came to light where the administration hired journalists to promote its agenda in the guise of unbiased commentary and news.

Syndicated conservative columnists Maggie Gallagher and Michael McManus were paid by the administration to promote the marriage initiative.

In 2003 Gallagher testified before a Senate subcommittee in support of a constitutional ban on gay marriage but failed to mention she was on the White House payroll.

McManus, whose syndicated column, "Ethics & Religion," appeared in 50 newspapers, was hired as a subcontractor by the Department of Health and Human Services.