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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Stonewall Democrats Condemn DLC for Appointing Anti-gay Democrat Harold Ford as Chairman

Anti-gay Democrat Harold Ford is in no position to talk about the sanctity of marriage.

Finally Stonewall Democrats are showing some spine.  They are not happy that anti-gay Democrat Harold Ford Junior is likely to be the new chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.  Stonewall is urging democrats to contact the DLC to let them know about Ford's selection as DLC chairman. 

Democrats can contact the Democratic Leadership Council by phone at (202) 546-0007 or by email form at

If the DLC appoints Ford as Chairman, I'd assume they can expect a repeat of this, when Ford tries to raise money in San Francisco.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Ford's choice has not been formally announced although the current chairman, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, has endorsed him, and Ford has expressed interest. A spokesman for the DLC, Jamie Radice, said Friday that Ford and DLC founder Al From are "working toward an agreement" on his role with the group but that there won't be confirmation of the arrangement until next week.

Ford's selection would be "in contradiction to the platform of the Democratic Party and to past positions that have been taken by the Democratic Leadership Council," the Stonewall Democrats' Marble said.

Beyond that, Marble said, Ford changed his position on the amendment "shortly after he told our members in private that he would oppose it" in the summer of 2004.

Ford could not be reached Friday through his previous chief of staff or through his brother Newton J. 'Jake' Ford, who sought his Ninth District seat last year.

Harold Ford Jr. was one of 40 Democratic members of the New Democratic Coalition in the 109th Congress and was the centrist think tank's "Democrat of the Week" last April.

Gay Democrats voiced "deep concern" Friday over the naming of former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. as Chair of the Democratic Leadership Council.


Former Iowa Governor, and presidential candidate, Tom Vilsack announced Thursday that he is stepping down of Chair of the DLC while indicating his replacement by Congressman Ford, who possesses a poor record on issues that impact LGBT families.

"Congressman Harold Ford has demonstrated a lack of leadership and judgment on family issues that causes our members great concern," said Joanne Wyrick, National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director.
"His willingness to lightly amend the U.S. Constitution and to exploit gay families for political gain should alarm Democrats across the country. The Democratic Leadership Council is in need of leadership that supports and affirms all American families."

In 2004 Ford reversed his past opposition to an amendment to the United States Constitution that would permanently bar civil unions and civil marriage to same-sex couples.

In 2006 he again joined a small minority of Democrats who voted for the amendment.