Press Room

December 10, 2004


HRC Expresses Deep Concern Over Atlanta March Led by Bishop Long

'Attacking families takes away from the issues we see eye to eye on,' said HRC National Field Director Seth Kilbourn.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign expressed deep concern today over a march planned for this weekend in Atlanta. The march, led by Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, is focused on economic issues, education reform and health care as well as the discriminatory amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban marriage rights for same-sex couples and their families.

"Attacking families takes away from the issues we see eye to eye on," said HRC National Field Director Seth Kilbourn. "We support economic justice and good schools and quality health care, but sadly this march is being turned into a way to attack same-sex couples and their children."

The march will begin at the King Center however, the organization is not endorsing the march. In fact, Dr. Martin Luther King's widow - Coretta Scott King - opposes the discriminatory amendment and has said she views the issue of marriage equality as a civil rights issue.
Opponents of the march - the I Stand Coalition - are organizing a concurrent counter march Saturday morning. They will meet at the Gandhi statue at the King Center at 8:45 a.m. to demonstrate opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment and attempts to discriminate against hardworking, tax-paying families.

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.