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September 29, 2004

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HRC Denounces Divisive New TV Ad

'This tears at families with gay loved ones, like the Cheneys,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques released the following statement today in response to a new television advertisement criticizing Sen. John Kerry's record on same-sex marriage. To HRC's knowledge, this is the first fall election season TV ad targeting Kerry on marriage. According to the Sept. 25 New York Times, the ads are funded by a group headed by Gary Bauer, and $500,000 is being spent to run them in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

"This tears at families with gay loved ones, like the Cheneys. This ad is nothing but an effort to divide the American people and promote discrimination against some families. President Bush should focus on issues the American people care about most, like jobs, health care costs and the war in Iraq."

The advertisement, created by "Americans United to Preserve Marriage," can be viewed here.

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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