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August 03, 2004

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HRC FamilyNet Adds Major Religion Section to Online Resources

'Religion is part of the fabric of American life and it is part of the fabric of our community,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation FamilyNet project today added a major new religion section to its array of online resources. The section provides overviews of organizational positions toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, quotes and profiles of supportive clergy, a discussion of the Bible and homosexuality and highlights of polling on the topic.

"Religion is part of the fabric of American life and it is part of the fabric of our community," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are welcomed and active participants in congregations across this county. Our new religion website provides gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and our allies with valuable information about communities of faith."

According to the new web material, a growing number of religious groups in the United States have issued statements officially welcoming gay, lesbian and bisexual people - and sometimes transgender people - as members and condemning discrimination against the community. For example, the Episcopal Church has issued an apology for past discrimination. The Presbyterian Church (USA) blesses same-sex unions. And Reform Judaism ordains openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people as clergy.

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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