The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Is Now The National LGBTQ Task Force

Via the Washington Post:

It’s a subtle change, but a nod to the group’s plans to shift attention to the types of legal and social issues that have arisen as the nation’s thinking on gay rights has shifted dramatically in recent years. The decision has been in the works for several months, but is announced two days after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to let stand rulings that allow same-sex marriage in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin. That stunning, unexpected decision means that marriage rights are likely to be extended to other states covered by the federal appeals courts that already have ruled that the bans are unconstitutional: Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In light of growing support and a shift in judicial thinking, “We want to reflect the next era of the LGBTQ movement and our country,” Rea Carey, the group’s executive director, said in an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday. “We need to look beyond marriage, to tear down the other barriers for LGBTQ members to participate in society. There’s a lot of issues that face our lives that marriage simply doesn’t portend to.”

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