Press Room

June 17, 2004

Category: Civil Unions, Domestic Partners

HRC Runs Ads in Ohio During President Bush’s Visit

'The president is trying to campaign on discrimination instead of solving America's real problems,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign is placing ads in the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday to coincide with President Bush's visit to the city. The president is one of the chief advocates of a constitutional amendment that would deny marriage to same-sex couples.

"The president is campaigning on discrimination instead of solving America's real problems," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "The hard-working people of Ohio deserve a president who focuses on their priorities, like jobs and health care. These ads deliver that message."

According to a May 30 CBS News poll, 70 percent of voters would prefer that the issue of marriage between same-sex couples have no part in the campaign - with only 2 percent of registered voters mentioning it as the top issue they want the candidates to discuss, ranking well below the war in Iraq and the economy.

The anti-marriage amendment (H.J. Res. 56 S.J. Res. 30) would not only deny marriage to same-sex couples but could also deny any state legislature or electorate from ever voting to pass their own state's domestic partnership, civil union or marriage laws. Under the Federal Marriage Amendment, courts could be barred from enforcing the legal protections that a legislature provides through civil union or domestic partnership laws.

View the ads.

Text of one ad follows:

Jobs lost in Ohio since 2001: 255,000*

Gay marriages in Ohio: 0

Did you know marriages between same-sex couples are already illegal under Ohio law and not recognized under federal law? So why is President Bush spending time trying to change the Constitution to discriminate against families for the first time in American history?
Focus on Americans' real priorities, Mr. President.

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics "A Missing Statistic: U.S. Jobs That Went Overseas," New York Times, October 5, 2003

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN www.hrc.org

Text of the second ad reads:

Ohioans without health insurance: 1.3 million*

Gay marriages in Ohio: 0

The Federal Marriage Amendment is discriminatory, unnecessary and undermines the Constitution.

Focus on Americans' real priorities, Mr. President.

*"Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2002," U.S. Census Bureau Report, September 2003

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN www.hrc.org

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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