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July 12, 2004


HRC Launches ‘The Cheneys’ Television Ad

'The Cheney family's views on discrimination reveals the rift in the Republican Party,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign today launched "The Cheneys" - a television ad featuring clips of Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney outlining conservative reasons for opposing a federal law banning gay marriage.

"The Cheney family's views on discrimination reveals the rift in the Republican Party," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "Conservative and moderate Republicans disagree with President Bush and extremists in Congress on writing discrimination into the Constitution."

Although Vice President Cheney now supports the president's endorsement of the Federal Marriage Amendment, during a 2000 vice presidential debate, he soundly rejected federal policy in this arena. In an interview July 11, 2004, on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer," Lynne Cheney restated her husband's former position and her support for that position.

The ad is running in: Lincoln, Hastings, North Platte and Omaha, Neb. Manchester, N.H. Cleveland, Akron, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction, Colo. Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

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.