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October 13, 2004

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HRC Responds to Lynne Cheney Remarks

'President Bush missed one more chance to denounce discrimination last night so it is bewildering that Lynne Cheney instead attacked Senator Kerry,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement regarding comments made last night by Lynne Cheney following the presidential debate.

"President Bush missed one more chance to denounce discrimination last night so it is bewildering that Lynne Cheney instead attacked Senator Kerry.

"Senator Kerry made clear that gay Americans should have the same basic rights, responsibilities and protections as every other American.

"Vice President Cheney first discussed his own daughter in the context of this issue two months ago and it is not surprising that Senator Kerry mentioned her experience as emblematic of millions of gay Americans.

"Senator Kerry was speaking to millions of American families who have hard-working, tax-paying gay friends and family members."

According to The Associated Press, "Lynne Cheney accused Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of pulling a 'cheap and tawdry political trick,' apparently for invoking her daughter's sexuality in his debate with President Bush."

View HRC's ad featuring Vice President Dick Cheney discussing his daughter, Mary Cheney, and his views on leaving marriage law up to the states.

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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