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Task Force to Fort Lauderdale Commission: "Formally censure Mayor Jim Naugle"

From the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

August 29, 2007

Hon. Carlton B. Moore, Vice Mayor / Commissioner
Hon. Cindi Hutchinson, Commissioner
Hon. Charlotte E. Rodstrom, Commissioner
Hon. Christine Teel, Commissioner
City Commission of Fort Lauderdale
City Hall
100 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Open letter to the City Commission of Fort Lauderdale

Dear Members of the City Commission,

I am writing to implore the city commission to formally censure Mayor Jim Naugle for his continued onslaught of verbal attacks against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Floridians.

Since a coalition of 17 state and national LGBT rights organizations first made a similar request in letters sent to the City Commission of Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County Commission on Aug. 2, the mayor’s offensive actions have only escalated. Just last week, for example, he joined with conservative clergy at a press conference to denounce sex between men as physically and morally risky.

This is the latest in Mayor Naugle’s growing string of assaults on LGBT people — and he shows no signs of letting up. As an Aug. 24 editorial in the Miami-Herald notes: “Mr. Naugle and his clerical backers are specifically targeting gays and lesbians with their unwarranted criticism and, often as not, half-informed comments. The mayor apparently enjoys playing the provocateur. He refuses to let it die, as it should.”

The mayor’s statements and actions demand an official and formal response in the form of a censure. Enough is enough already.

Matt Foreman Executive Director


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