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Senator Kennedy, Representative Lewis and other civil rights leaders reject Federal Marriage Amendment


June 07, 2006

Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following a press conference today attended by Senator Edward Kennedy, Rep. John Lewis, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Executive Director Wade Henderson and other civil rights and religious leaders, Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, issued the following statement:

"It is a real threat to millions of Americans when the Republican leadership stands on the Senate floor and gives license to treat gay and lesbian Americans as second-class citizens. It is shameful that with a war raging in Iraq and gas prices continuing to skyrocket that this President and the Republican leadership in Congress would rather spend precious time debating a divisive and discriminatory amendment to the Constitution. Make no mistake about it, the debate happening on the floor of the United States Senate today is whether we are going to undermine our Constitution and deny rights to millions of Americans by singling them out for discrimination."

Civil rights organizations and leaders across the spectrum oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment, including:

  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • National Council of La Raza
  • National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
  • National Organization for Women
  • National Urban League
  • National Women's Law Center

    Source:HRC.org . – Issued by Gay Link Content


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