Press Room

November 03, 2004

Category: Civil Unions

HRC: Election Won’t Diminish Fight for Equality

Analysis: How Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Affected Election Results

'No elected official can reverse the American people's support for equality,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. 'To win at the ballot box, we must also keep winning at the water cooler.'

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement today regarding results of the 2004 presidential and congressional elections:

"Exit polling showed strong support for equal rights and civil unions. No elected official can reverse the American people's support for equality. On the floor of Congress, efforts to divide and discriminate only backfired. We will fight harder than ever for equality. The American people are united against discrimination and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community will work to lead the fight.

"HRC's record investment in campaigns this year secured a 92 percent success rate in returns. Senators-elect Ken Salazar, D-Colo., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Representatives-elect Melissa Bean, D-Ill., and Gwen Moore, D-Wis., will make great additions to our allies on Capitol Hill. Longtime friends of equality like Dennis Moore, D-Kan., Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Rob Simmons, R-Conn., all fought difficult challenges and won. It is with the support of these members of Congress and the hundreds of others on our side that we will continue our work on behalf of millions of Americans.

"To win at the ballot box, we must also keep winning at the water cooler."

Read HRC's election analysis.

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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