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August 26, 2004

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HRC Launches Cheney Ad: &quotWhat If It Was Your Child, Mr. President?&quot

As more parents like the Cheneys speak out, it becomes untenable for President Bush to use gay marriage as a political weapon,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign today launched an ad featuring Vice President Dick Cheney that poignantly asks Federal Marriage Amendment supporters, "What if it were your child, Mr. President?" At a campaign rally Aug. 24, the vice president restated his position that states should handle the question of marriage, signifying his opposition to putting discrimination in the Constitution.

"Like Senator Kerry, Vice President Cheney disagrees with the president on changing the Constitution," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "As more parents like the Cheneys speak out, it becomes untenable for President Bush and his congressional allies to use gay marriage as a political weapon. This amendment is discriminatory and divisive and it's time for the political games to end."

At an Aug. 24 rally in Davenport, Iowa, Vice President Cheney made the following comments, according to the Associated Press.

"Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with. With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone. テ People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to. The question that comes up with the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction or approval is going to be granted by government? Historically, that's been a relationship that has been handled by the states. The states have made that fundamental decision of what constitutes a marriage."

The ad will air next week during the convention in New York media.

A transcript of the ad follows:

"What If"

Voiceover: A Father Speaks

Vice President Cheney: Lynne and I have a gay daughter. We have two daughters and we have enormous pride in both of them.

[Vice President Cheney in remarks at a Davenport, Iowa town hall meeting - 8/24/04]
Voiceover: The vice president spoke out against the Federal Marriage Amendment.

[USA Today, 8/25/04: "Cheney says he's against marriage amendment"]
Vice President Cheney: That's appropriately a matter for the states to decide - that's how it ought to best be handled.

[Vice President Cheney in remarks at a Davenport, Iowa town hall meeting - 8/24/04]
Voiceover: He spoke from the heart for millions of parents.

Vice President Cheney: My general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. テ People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.

[Vice President Cheney in remarks at a Davenport, Iowa town hall meeting - 8/24/04]

Voiceover: Freedom is for everyone. Discrimination is wrong. What if it was your child, Mr. President?
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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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