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August 30, 2004

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George W. Bush: &quotYou’re Fired&quot’ Billboard Trucks Hit New York for Convention

'Equality trumps discrimination,' quipped HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Political Action Committee, four large billboard trucks with the message "George W. Bush: 'You're Fired'" will drive through the streets of Manhattan the week of the Republican National Convention.

"Equality trumps discrimination," quipped HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "We're hitting the streets with the message that the chief advocate of the discriminatory Federal Marriage Amendment doesn't belong in public office."

The four trucks will roam the streets of Manhattan from Aug. 31, 2004, to Sept. 3, 2004, on 8-hour shifts, each sending the message that no one who tries to put discrimination in the Constitution should hold the Oval Office.

HRC will spend upwards of $10 million on election-related activity this cycle - both to educate and turn out our supporters, and to fight attempts by the extreme right wing to use marriage rights for same-sex couples as a "wedge" issue.

HRC plans to endorse more than 200 fair-minded leaders for president, U.S. Senate and House, and plans to spend more than $1.3 million in political action committee funds. HRC is the largest contributor of PAC funds in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, and is also the largest funder of GOP campaigns among GLBT PACs. HRC is also running an independent expenditure campaign to educate our community about what is at stake in this election.

In October 2003, HRC's Board of Directors amended HRC's PAC criteria, pledging only to support candidates who would vote to protect the U.S. Constitution from amendments that would discriminate against GLBT individuals or couples.

"We have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to putting discrimination in the Constitution," added Jacques.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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