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MARCH FOR LIFE LEADER
THREATENS ARREST OF PRO-LIFE GAYS
WASHINGTON, DC. January 21, 2000. Detective Pristoop of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department informed the officers of the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL) that the police had been given orders by Miss Nellie Gray, President and holder of the parade permit for the March for Life, to arrest any member or friend of PLAGAL who openly attempts to march, participate, or otherwise demonstrate against the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade at the March for Life.
According to Detective Pristoop, Miss Gray is citing the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Group, as the basis for her authority to ban the open participation of lesbians and gays in Monday's events. Detective Pristoop told the officers of PLAGAL that the March for Life is targeting only lesbians and gays for removal from the March.
"This is truly a sad day in the history of the pro-life movement," said Cecilia Brown, PLAGAL Vice-President. "Miss Gray is telling us either to shut-up and march anonymously or face arrest if we bring our banner. All we are asking is that Miss Gray set aside her personal sentiments against gays and lesbians and allow us to participate as pro-lifers who openly seek to be a part of the pro-life movement. By threatening to arrest us because of our peaceful participation, Miss Gray will move the focus of the March away from the protection of the unborn to the participation of lesbians and gays."
Moses Remedios, President of PLAGAL, asked, "How can Miss Gray claim to stand for the dignity of all human life while at the same time denying gays and lesbians our dignity in openly defending the rights of all human beings to life. We have heard that Miss Gray is having substantial trouble finding other pro-life leaders who are willing to join her in the exclusion of PLAGAL."
Officers of PLAGAL will be available at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 22, 2000, at 721 Eighth Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, to discuss further the objectives of PLAGAL, the denial of equal rights by the March leader, and their plans for Monday's March. Members of PLAGAL will gather at 15th and Constitution at Noon on Monday, January 24, 2000.