Ex-NOW leader to fight marriage amendment

March 23, 2004 at 1:51 PM

LOS ANGELES, March 23 (UPI) -- Former National Organization for Women head Patricia Ireland is now advising groups leading the fight against a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

DontAmend.com and the Equality Campaign announced Monday that Ireland, who served longer than any other woman as head of NOW, was joining their effort as a senior advisor. Calling Ireland a "terrific addition" to their efforts, DontAmend.com co-founder John Aravosis called Ireland, "a politically knowledgeable hard-hitter who's going to make a world of difference on this issue."

"Equal marriage rights will be one of the most explosive issues of the 2004 elections," said Ireland, most recently the manager of former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun's failed presidential bid. "This is also an incredible opportunity to make a quantum leap forward, and for me, it's an opportunity not to be missed."

DontAmend.com and the Equality Campaign say their efforts will be devoted to stopping an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ban "marriage equality for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community."

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