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May 17, 2004

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HRC Launches Animation Highlighting President’s Discriminatory Agenda

'The President should be animated about our challenges in Iraq and the economy, not enshrining discrimination in the Constitution,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign today launched an animation by political cartoonist Mark Fiore that highlights President Bush's discriminatory effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to permanently deny marriage rights to same-sex couples. The President's call on Congress to put discrimination in the U.S. Constitution yesterday was one that could not be ignored, said HRC.
"The President should be animated about our challenges in Iraq and the economy, not enshrining discrimination in the Constitution," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

The Flash animation, titled "George W. Bush and the Constitutional Contractors," depicts the president leading the Constitutional Contractors through tearing apart the home of a loving same-sex couple, razing a court to the prevent "activist judges" from interpreting law, trampling on the ability of state legislatures to pass their own laws, and destroying the Constitution's promise of equal protection.

"This animation uses political humor to shine a light on the discrimination and hypocrisy fueling this amendment," added Jacques. "We hope people take this opportunity to pledge to vote in November. Whether Democrat, Republican or independent, making your voice heard through your vote is one of the most powerful steps any American can take."

You can watch the animation here.

More about the illustrator: The Online News Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism recently presented Fiore with the Online Journalism Award for commentary. More information about Fiore is available at www.markfiore.com.

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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