Press Room

October 12, 2004


HRC Responds to Presidential Debate Comments

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement today regarding comments made during the presidential debate.

"President Bush has been promoting discrimination and using a constitutional amendment as his weapon. You can't respect and discriminate at the same time. President Bush put politics ahead of the science that being gay is not a choice. Senator Kerry made clear that gay Americans should have the basic rights, responsibilities and protections that all American families have. Senator Kerry made clear that it is wrong that in most states it is legal to fire the star employee simply because of who they are."

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.