August 03, 2004
HRC Condemns Discriminatory Constitutional Vote in Missouri
'This was part of an effort by President Bush to distract Missourians from the fact that the state has lost almost 80,000 jobs over the past three and half years,'said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign condemned today's vote putting discrimination in the Missouri Constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry.
"This was part of an effort by President Bush to distract Missourians from the fact that the state has lost almost 80,000 jobs over the past three and half years," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "The Missouri Constitution is now a tool for discrimination. This was motivated by politics, pure and simple. We recognize that many Missourians were opposed to this mistaken use of their constitution."
All major newspapers in the state came out against the amendment, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal, Kansas City Star, Columbia Missourian and Springfield News Leader. Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes and Mayor Francis Slay of St. Louis publicly opposed the amendment. They were joined by nearly 200 clergy who came out in opposition to Amendment 2.
HRC was proud to contribute significant staff, financial and in-kind resources to the group opposing this effort - the Constitution Defense League. In a 2-1/2 month campaign, the Constitution Defense League raised nearly $450,000 from 1,500 contributors, and put that money to good use identifying more than 111,000 Missourians opposed to the amendment, hailing from all of the state's 163 House districts.
"History will show that we are on the right side and equality will win out," 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.