Press Room

June 22, 2004


Melissa Etheridge, HRC Team Up to Fight Marriage Amendment

'We must fight this attack on our community from every part of our community,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Melissa Etheridge is speaking out against the Federal Marriage Amendment in a new online ad released today by the Human Rights Campaign. "Is that what America is about?" Etheridge rhetorically asks in the ad when pondering same-sex couples being denied marriage rights.

"We must fight this attack on our community from every part of our community," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "We thank Melissa for her time and energy in fighting this attempt to write discrimination into our Constitution."

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the Federal Marriage Amendment mid-July. This ad is part of a series of steps HRC is taking to motivate our community to contact their legislators and talk to family and friends about why the FMA is discriminatory, unnecessary and unwise, and undermines the Constitution.

The ad features Etheridge strumming her guitar in a hotel room. The script follows:

"I grew up thinking you could do anything, and be anything, because that was the American dream. But because I'm gay テ I'm denied that. Because of people's prejudices, I'm denied a civil right. Because I'm gay テ I can never get married. Is that what America is about? I don't know. テ That's not the America I was raised in."

[text] Don't write discrimination into the Constitution.

[text] Stop the Federal Marriage Amendment. Go to

The ad can be viewed here.

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.