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November 12, 2004

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HRC Comments on Nomination of Gonzales to Attorney General

'We are hopeful that Alberto Gonzales will take a moderate approach and reject discrimination,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign reacted today to the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to U.S. attorney general, replacing Attorney General John Ashcroft.

"We are hopeful that Alberto Gonzales will take a moderate approach and reject discrimination," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "We look forward to confirmation hearings where we can further explore his position on issues of privacy, civil liberties and civil rights. At this time, the Human Rights Campaign takes no formal position on this nomination."

Gonzales was appointed White House counsel by President George W. Bush in 2001 after serving two years on the Texas Supreme Court.

Gonzales also served as Texas' secretary of state - a position he was appointed to in 1997 by then-Governor Bush. Gonzales is one of seven children raised in Houston by his parents, who were migrant farm workers and his confirmation would make him the first Latino appointed attorney general of the United States.

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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