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The Daily Agenda for Tuesday, May 24

Jim Burroway

May 24th, 2011

TODAY’S AGENDA:
Mayday for Marriage: Albany, NY. The anti-gay New Yorker’s [sic] Family Research Foundation will hold a “Mayday for Marriage” rally today from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The rally will take place in West Capital Park in Albany.

EQCA Town Hall: Santa Ana, CA. Equality California will host a “Back to the Ballot?” Town hall meeting in Santa Ana to discuss whether we should wait for the courts to restore the freedom to marry — a decision which could have a nationwide impact — or whether Californians should try to overturn Prop. 8 through a ballot measure in 2012. The town hall will take place this evening at The Center Orange County, 1605 N. Spurgeon Street from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Harvey Milk Day Observance: Mountain View, CA.

TODAY IN HISTORY:
Pat Buchanan’s “Awful Retribution”: 1983. “The sexual revolution has begun to devour its children,” proclaimed Pat Buchanan in a New York Post op-ed that was relayed in newspapers across America. “And among the revolutionary vanguard, the Gay Rights activists, the mortality rate is higher and climbing.” By 1983, the known AIDS epidemic was about to reach its two year mark, and a general panic was setting into the gay community, and a general backlash was brewing elsewhere. Buchanan fueled the backlash with this op-ed. He warned that no homosexual should be permitted to handle food, and that the Democratic party’s decision to hold their 1984 convention in San Francisco would leave their delegates wives and children at the mercy of “homosexuals who belong to a community that is a common carrier of dangerous, communicable and sometimes fatal diseases.” And he attributed all of it to divine retribution with his now-infamous money-quote: “The poor homosexuals… they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is exacting an awful retribution.”

Buchanan had a flare for the dramatic turn of the phrase, having served as an opposition researcher and speechwriter for President Richard Nixon. He would go on to serve as communications director for the Reagan White House from 1985 to 1987.

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JohnAGJ
May 24th, 2011 | LINK

Wow. Excuse my “French” but what a prick. I knew that Buchanan has said some bad things over the years (I can never forget his 1992 “cultural war” harrangue) but didn’t realize he had gone this far.

Donny D.
May 25th, 2011 | LINK

I think Pat Buchanan with his “Culture War speech” that opened the repulsive 1992 Republican national convention is as responsible as anyone else for making the mainstream LGBT community a toxic place for LGBT conservatives and Republicans. That convention and Buchanan’s high profile contribution to it massively turned people off to the Republicans, and besides winning the election for Bill Clinton, helped to give anti-conservative sentiment in the LGBT community a virulence it hadn’t had before.

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