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  • Pedro Julio Serrano
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      This is an update from GLAAD's LGBT Latino Media Activist list.
      Este es un avance noticioso de la lista LGBT Latina de GLAAD.
      DO NOT REPRODUCE WITHOUT CITING THIS SOURCE.
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      GLAAD News Pop
      July 31, 2003


      GLAAD ENCOURAGES MEDIA TO CONTRAST PRESIDENT KENNEDY COMMENTS WITH
      PRESIDENT BUSH, VATICAN DIRECTIVES

      In the wake of today's Vatican directive for Catholic politicians to
      oppose equality and protections for same-sex families and yesterday's
      comments by President Bush on the same matter, the Gay & Lesbian
      Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is urging media to more
      thoroughly examine the influence of such personal and institutional
      religious beliefs on public policy decisions. As a counterpoint to
      the rhetoric of the last two days, GLAAD is also recommending that
      media examine and discuss a key 1960 campaign speech by President
      John F. Kennedy that addresses the same issues.

      One day after President Bush told reporters he seeks to "codify" the
      "sanctity of marriage," the Vatican today released a document
      directing politicians of the Catholic faith to halt and/or overturn
      legal and cultural acceptance of same-sex civil marriage, couples and
      families -- confronting the media and the American public with
      fundamental questions about the separation of church and state and
      the role religious advocacy should play in questions of civil rights.

      During his bid for the presidency, candidate Kennedy offered a
      perspective that is particularly relevant to these questions. In an
      address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on September
      12, 1960, Kennedy said:

      "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is
      absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the President
      (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would
      tell his parishioners for whom to vote...

      "I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic,
      Protestant nor Jewish -- where no public official either requests or
      accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National
      Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source -- where no
      religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon
      the general populace or the public acts of its officials...

      "I believe in a President whose religious views are his own private
      affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation or imposed by the
      nation upon him as a condition to holding that office."

      Audio of the remarks transcribed above is available at
      http://www.glaad.org Complete audio and a transcript of Kennedy's
      comments are available at the JFK Library and Museum's Web site at
      http://www.cs.umb.edu/jfklibrary/j091260.htm,

      "Listening to Kennedy's comments makes it clear that his views
      regarding the influence of religious institutions and personal
      religious beliefs over public policy decisions differed sharply from
      those voiced this week by the Vatican and President Bush," said John
      Sonego, GLAAD's director of communications. "As media and all
      Americans engage in discourse about the civil rights of LGBT
      Americans, we hope the prescient message Kennedy delivered 43 years
      ago will help inform the shape and direction of that discussion
      today."


      ARTICLES & RESOURCES:

      John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
      "Address of Senator John F. Kennedy to the Greater Houston
      Ministerial Association," Rice Hotel, Houston, Texas - September 12,
      1960
      http://www.cs.umb.edu/jfklibrary/j091260.htm

      GLAAD Resource Kit - July 2003
      "Same-Sex Civil Marriage"
      http://www.glaad.org/media/resource_kit_detail.php?id=3457

      GLAAD Media Release - July 30, 2003
      "GLAAD Calls on Media to Scrutinize President Bush's Misleading,
      Religion-Based Comments Against Same-Sex Civil Marriage"
      http://www.glaad.org/media/release_detail.php?id=3470

      Dignity/USA - July 31, 2003
      Media Release: "Gay Catholics Reject Vatican Document on Same-Sex
      Marriage"
      http://www.dignityusa.org/news/030729vatican.html

      Vatican - July 31, 2003
      "Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to
      Unions Between Homosexual Persons"
      http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_co
      n_cfaith_doc_20030731_homosexual-unions_en.html


      Contact:
      Cathy Renna
      News Media Director
      (917) 239-0783 (cell)

      Sean Lund
      External Communications Director
      (323) 634-2008
      lund@...
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