Press Room

January 18, 2005


HRC Launches Inauguration TV Ad on President’s Record on Equal Rights

'We have seen two faces of George W. Bush in the last several months, and are wondering which one will take the oath of office on Thursday,' said HRC Political Director Winnie Stachelberg.

WASHINGTON - A new television ad by the Human Rights Campaign underscores inconsistencies in what President Bush has said and what he has done regarding equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans during his first term, asking, "What will he do in the next four years?" The ad is running this week on Washington, D.C., cable to coincide with the inauguration.

"We have seen two faces of George W. Bush in the last several months, and are wondering which one will take the oath of office on Thursday," said HRC Political Director Winnie Stachelberg. "Our great hope is that George Bush will back up his newfound support for civil unions and respect for all families with his actions."

On Jan. 16, The Washington Post reported that President Bush told reporters he "will not press senators to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage." However, that same day on "Meet the Press," the counselor to the president, Dan Bartlett, said that Bush was speaking only to "political reality in the Senate" and that President Bush "will spend political capital" to push for the constitutional amendment.

"The administration's most recent backtracking on using the Constitution as a tool for discrimination was another reminder of the president's inconsistency," added Stachelberg. "We'll continue to work to oppose an amendment that would hurt millions of Americans and their families."

The 30-second ad will run in Washington, D.C., during inauguration week on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. The text of the ad, titled "Says/Does," follows:

BUSH: I don't hire or fire somebody based upon their sexual orientation.

ANNOUNCER: But since 9/11, George Bush has fired 1,500 members of the armed forces just because they're gay.

TEXT: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network compiles discharge figures annually.

BUSH: I'm going to be respectful for people, I'll tolerate people テ

ANNOUNCER: But he refused to crack down on anti-gay hate crimes.

BUSH: テ And I support equal rights テ

ANNOUNCER: But he opposes equal rights for gay couples when they need them most: when they're sick or protecting their families.

ANNOUNCER: There's what George Bush says テ and what George Bush does.
What will he do the next four years?

Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights

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