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September 01, 2004

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HRC Statement on Hostile Climate at Convention

'Their platform and policy record is so divisive and at times discriminatory that it might have even driven Mary Cheney from the RNC stage,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques released the following statement today regarding the climate at the Republican National Convention.

"All week long, the Republicans have been trying to put forth a moderate message, while their platform and policy record is so divisive and at times discriminatory that it might have even driven Mary Cheney from the RNC stage.

"Instead of talking about the Cheneys being divided on stage, we should be talking about the divide between the president's discriminatory platform and the fair-minded moderate voters he is appealing to.

"Some of the most notable speakers at this week's convention - Senator John McCain, Governor Schwarzenegger and former Mayor Giuliani - demonstrate compassionate, moderate Republican leadership. At the same time, the party's platform is the most discriminatory in modern history. There has been absolutely no mention of important issues like hate violence and workplace discrimination, and the silence from the party leadership following Alan Keyes' outrageous remarks has been deafening.

"We are your family, your friends, your co-workers - and, above all, we are your constituents. President Bush, we call on you to reject the divisiveness that has permeated your party, including your own stamp of approval on discrimination. American values aren't about exclusion they're about liberty and freedom."

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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