Press Room

September 19, 2004

Category: Civil Unions

HRC Statement on Louisiana Vote Banning Protections for Same-Sex Couples

'Discrimination has no place in any Constitution,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement on the Sept. 18 vote in Louisiana amending the state constitution to ban marriage and civil unions between same-sex couples.
"Discrimination has no place in any constitution," said Jacques. "It's deeply disappointing that thousands of Louisianans have been written out of their own constitution. The amendment goes beyond the pale in denying same-sex couples the protections these hard-working Americans deserve."

Jacques added, "We encourage Louisianans who reject discrimination to write their members of Congress, as the House is expected to take up a similar amendment to the federal Constitution within weeks. Constitutions should be used to provide freedom and ensure fairness, not as pawns in a game of electoral politics."

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.