Press Room

September 24, 2004

Category: Civil Unions

HRC: Republican Platform Hurts Families Like Cheneys

Press Release Text'Vice President Cheney must explain how he can stand behind a platform that discriminates against families like his,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques."

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign condemned the Republican platform's inclusion of support for a discriminatory amendment in the U.S. Constitution banning marriage between same-sex couples and opposing civil unions. The platform hurts real families like Vice President Dick Cheney's, said HRC.

"Vice President Cheney must explain how he can stand behind a platform that discriminates against families like his," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "There are millions of Republican families who don't want to see their sons and daughters discriminated against. It must be hard for these families, including the vice president's, to reconcile their own support for inclusion and this divisive platform."
In response to the convention's theme of hope and safety, Jacques added, "There's nothing about discrimination that provides Americans with hope and safety."

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 the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone. ... 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 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.