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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 15, 2004
3:23 PM
CONTACT: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 
Newsroom: 323-857-8751
 
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Debuts 'And Marriage For All' Playing Cards at Los Angeles Pride Festival
 

LOS ANGELES - June 15 - Nobody on this earth has the right to tell anyone that their love for another human being is morally wrong." - from the Barbra Streisand card.

"Marriage is not about affirming somebody's love for somebody else." - from the Rick Santorum card.

One of the most unique political statements in the ongoing debate regarding equal marriage rights for same-sex couples will make its debut at Los Angeles Pride on June 19 in the form of a deck of playing cards. While the item is designed to be fun, there is little doubt about the power of the message packed inside.

Task Force Director of Development Charles Robbins said, "In The Cards Design approached us at a unique time in the evolution of the marriage debate. The link of images and words used on these cards offers a snapshot into the personalities and thoughts involved in this critical equal rights issue." The deck includes colorful images of key supporters, politicians, celebrities, and opponents of equal rights for all citizens. In The Cards Design will be donating a percentage of the revenue from sales of the cards to the Task Force. In addition, the Task Force will be promoting the decks at events throughout the country.

"We are thrilled to have the Task Force as a partner for this one-of-a-kind deck," said In The Cards Marketing Director Alex von Rosenberg. "The heart and diamond cards represent the love and strength of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and straight supporters. Spades are often the strongest suit and include politicians that have had the strength to stand with conviction for the rights of the LGBT community. Clubs are the weakest suit and include caricatures of equality opponents along with their frequently hypocritical views."

Many of those featured in the deck are household names like Margaret Cho, Howard Dean, the Queer Eye Five, Michael Moore, and Madonna, along with detractors such as Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santorum. The Jokers are Jerry Falwell, adorned with Teletubbies, and President George Bush, depicted with a look and thought process that has become all too common during his Presidency.

The deck is a casino-quality, regulation poker deck, containing 52 caricatures accompanied by quotes by or about the individual on the card. The decks can be purchased for $12 at the Task Force Web site or on the And Marriage for All Web site. The Task Force and In The Cards Design will also be working with independent groups who wish to use the cards as a fundraising and communications vehicle.

In The Cards Design, Inc. develops specialty products focused on the communication of a message. For more information, visit: http://www.andmarriageforall.com

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