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October 18, 2004

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HRC Endorses Two Fair-Minded Leaders in Pennsylvania 13

Republican Melissa Brown and Democrat Allyson Schwartz Are Both Fair-Minded Candidates Who Oppose Amending the Constitution to Include Discrimination

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign announced that it is endorsing two candidates, Republican Melissa Brown and Democrat Allyson Schwartz, in the Pennsylvania 13th district congressional race, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Both candidates have proven track records supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality and oppose amending the U.S. Constitution to deny rights to same-sex couples.

"We are very pleased to see a race with two leaders who have a stated commitment to equality and fair-minded legislation for GLBT Americans," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "Public opposition to a constitutional amendment denying rights to same-sex couples was key to each endorsement, though we are disappointed that neither candidate supports full marriage equality for same-sex couples."

In addition to their stances on the Federal Marriage Amendment, both candidates support repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" believe that decisions about adoption should be made in the best interest of the child, opposing bans on adoption by GLBT people and have expressed support for the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act, the Early Treatment for HIV Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

This is HRC's only dual endorsement thus far in the 2004 election cycle.

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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