Southern Baptists continue anti-gay tirade

Washington, D.C. -- The Human Rights Campaign condemned yet another anti-gay resolution passed June 11 by the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Salt Lake City. The resolution called on Congress to rescind President Clinton's executive order banning workplace discrimination against lesbian and gay federal employees.

"This group seems to be obsessed with attacking lesbian and gay Americans by resolution," said David M. Smith, HRC's communications director and senior strategist. "While differences of opinion on religious matters is to be expected, religious disagreements never justify discrimination."

Earlier this week, the group passed resolutions opposing same-gender marriage and urging wives to submit to their husbands. Last year, the group called for a boycott of the Walt Disney Company because of its policies extending health insurance to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian employees and allowing Ellen DeGeneres' character to come out as a lesbian on ABC's Ellen. The boycott failed as Disney's stock and earnings soared.

The Southern Baptists' resolutions come the same week that religious political broadcaster and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson warned Orlando, Fla., of hurricanes, terrorist bombing, tornadoes and meteors for allowing gay pride flags to be flown along city streets in recognition of that city's gay pride festival.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian and gay political organization, with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support, and educates the public to ensure that lesbian and gay Americans can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community.

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