Rydw i'n hoffi coffi (mactavish) wrote in poly_news,
Rydw i'n hoffi coffi

This is long, but the upshot:

(feel free to pass it on, attributed or not, you can link to http://community.livejournal.com/poly_news/25160.html if you want)


Professor Chai Feldblum, Mr. Obama’s nominee for commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is, according to her bio at Georgetown University, "a leading lawyer, scholar and speaker on gay and lesbian rights, disability rights, and health and welfare issues" who "has been actively involved in federal civil rights and social welfare legislative issues since 1988. Her efforts have included opposing or shaping legislative and regulatory initiatives on gay rights, AIDS, disability, and health care; serving as the lead drafter of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and most recently, helping to develop employment policy changes to advance workplace flexibility."
The Catholic News Agency says
A law professor nominated by President Obama to become a commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was a signatory to a radical 2006 manifesto which endorsed polygamous households and argued traditional marriage should not be privileged "above all others."

Georgetown University Law Center professor Chai R. Feldblum, nominated as a commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is listed as a signatory to the July 26, 2006 manifesto "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All Our Families & Relationships."

The manifesto’s signatories said they proposed a "new vision" for governmental and private recognition of "diverse kinds" of partnerships, households and families. They said they hoped to "move beyond the narrow confines of marriage politics" in the U.S.

Describing various kinds of households as no less socially, economically, and spiritually worthy than other relationships, the Beyond Marriage manifesto listed "committed, loving households in which there is more than one conjugal partner."

And BeyondMarriage.org says
Meanwhile, the LGBT movement has recently focused on marriage equality as a stand-alone issue. While this strategy may secure rights and benefits for some LGBT families, it has left us isolated and vulnerable to a virulent backlash. We must respond to the full scope of the conservative marriage agenda by building alliances across issues and constituencies. Our strategies must be visionary, creative, and practical to counter the right's powerful and effective use of marriage as a "wedge" issue that pits one group against another. The struggle for marriage rights should be part of a larger effort to strengthen the stability and security of diverse households and families.

Thus the proposed alliance of polygamists and the LGBT crowd.

To that end, we advocate:
  • Legal recognition for a wide range of relationships, households and families — regardless of kinship or conjugal status.
  • Access for all, regardless of marital or citizenship status, to vital government support programs including but not limited to health care, housing, Social Security and pension plans, disaster recovery assistance, unemployment insurance and welfare assistance.

Polygamy, of course, is about marriage, and that's what they're addressing. They don't use "polyamory" here.
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