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PRO-LIFE GAYS TO CHALLENGE OUSTER FROM
NATIONAL MARCH FOR LIFE
WASHINGTON, DC. January 14, 2000. At 2:00 P.M., on January 22, 2000, the 27th anniversary of the tragic Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians will discuss their protest of that decision and their participation in this year's March for Life in Washington, DC scheduled for Jan. 24, 2000. The discussion will take place at 721 Eighth Street, Southeast, Washington, DC.
Last year PLAGAL members were ousted form the March for Life by the Metropolitan Police under apparent orders from the March for Life President, Miss Nellie Gray.
"According to Nellie Gray, PLAGAL is welcome to participate in the March for Life so long as we do not identify ourselves as lesbians and gays," said Moses Remedios, PLAGAL President. "That's kind of like telling an African American, 'you can ride on the bus, but just sit in the back.'"
"Most every group that attends the March for Life, openly identifies themselves with signs and banners -- be they Feminists, Democrats, Catholics, etc. It seems that PLAGAL has been targeted by the leadership of the March for Life simply because their sexual orientation. PLAGAL and it's leaders have a long and solid history in pro-life activism."
Cecilia Brown, PLAGAL Vice-President stated, "PLAGAL participates in the March because we believe in positive, life-affirming alternatives to the tragedy of abortion. To say that we have no place for open participation in the pro-life movement is not only counter-productive, but it simply wrong."
Remedios called for Pro-Life Lesbians and Gays from throughout the country to travel to Washington, DC, and join in PLAGAL's demonstrations over the weekend of January 22nd, 2000, against Abortion on Demand in America and for the eventual overruling of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision terminating the legal rights of the unborn in the United States.
PLAGAL members and friends will meet in front of the Old Post Office, at the corner of Pennsylvania and Twelfth Street, Northwest, in Washington, DC, at 11:30 A.M., on Monday, January 24, 2000, and then will attempt to join all other opponents of abortion on demand and supporters of the legal rights of the unborn at the national demonstration on the Ellipse and on Constitution Avenue.
"We urge Miss Gray to set aside her personal biases, and "FREE THE MARCH" for Life, by allowing all peaceful, pro-life groups to stand in solidarity, thus showing the nation the true breadth and diversity of pro-lifers," said Brown.
PLAGAL will also participate in a gathering of "non-traditional" pro-life groups in opposition to Roe v. Wade on January 22, 2000.
The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians was organized in 1990 to advance the pro-life message within the lesbian and gay community, and currently has a mailing list of over 900 individuals and active groups in Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.##30##