At this moment in Washington, DC the first historic hearings on the ‘Respect for Marriage Act’, the bill which would repeal the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ (DOMA), have begun in the Senate Judiciary Committee
And C-SPAN is not airing it.
I called CSPAN’s Washington DC office and voiced my displeasure at why CSPAN after covering almost the entire Values Voters summit in 2010 was not broadcasting this important LGBT hearing.
Their reply was that whenever the House and Senate is in session that CSPAN 1 and CSPAN 2 are always dedicated to showing them exclusively and that CSPAN3 covers others hearings, seminars, discussions and programming in Washington, DC. So I then inquired what was showing on CSPAN3? I was told it was The Exxon Mobile Spill In The Yellowstone Hearing until 12 Noon EST and then The Counter Narcotics Efforts In Afghanistan Hearing.
Narcotics Efforts In Afghanistan is more important to CSPAN than American Citizens Civil Rights.
I asked if the ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ hearing was on the schedule at all to which I was answered “No “but they have a camera there and might show live segments during Congressional breaks.
CSPAN refused to answer me when I asked who did the scheduling for CSPAN3 and also refused to give any definate answers to if any of the ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ hearing would be shown at all.
This is UNACCEPTABLE.
PLEASE CALL CSPAN @ 1-202.737.3200 AND DEMAND ANSWERS WHY THEY ARE NOT SHOWING THE HEARING AND HOLD THIER FEET TO THE FIRE.
LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD!