Bomb Threat Rattles D.C. Gay Rights Groups

By: Christopher Donaldson

Metro Weekly is reporting that the Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C. evacuated their offices today after the Los Angeles Police Department received a bomb threat aimed at "national gay rights organizations."

''In the utmost of caution we are evacuating the building so that the police can conduct a sweep using the bomb-sniffing dogs,'' read an email sent at 11:58 am to HRC staff as was reported by Metro Weekly. ''We need everyone to leave the building until further notice. We estimate that this will take at least an hour.''

Other gay rights groups, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Black Justice Coalition, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the GLLU and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network—all of which sit within a few blocks of each other in Washington D.C. proper—were also told to evacuate their buildings.

Following the evacuations, in the following soundproof blog post, the antigay National Organization for Marriage would love to make you believe that they want—quote—“to be the first to denounce any threat” against same-sex marriage proponents, according to Towleroad.

“Apparently, the D.C. Police received a report of a potential bomb threat to the Human Rights Campaign and possibly other groups in DC. We want to be the first to denounce any threat against the person or property of any gay marriage advocate, including HRC. America should not be a place where people are afraid to voice their views on marriage whether pro or con.”

At this time, no hazardous materials have been found at any of the sites.

For more information on the D.C. evacuations, click here.

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