our rights as Americans do not depend on the approval
of others. Our rights depend on us being Americans.”
-Civil Rights Leader John Lewis
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Protection Amendment” reintroduced. For a story
and HRC take action links: here
contact Senator Wayne Allard regarding his introduction
of this anti-family amendment: here
Keri and www.loveisloveislove.com )
Tired of those who feel the need to cloak their bigotry
in the scapegoating of Americans and their families?
The idea that states with anti-GLBT measures on the
ballot helped turn out Bush supporters is also misleading.
Bush’s percentage points improved in all the states
that he won, but they improved more in states without
such ballot measures than they did in states that had
anti-GLBT ballot measures. Kerry even won in Oregon
and Michigan, but both states passed anti-GLBT amendments.
In exit polls across the country, 60% of voters said
they support legal relationship recognition for same-sex
couples. The initial allegation that same-sex marriage
was the “moral value” that helped elect
Bush is being widely discredited. And so called “moral
values” – in addition to being a vague category
not a specific issue -- was the top issue for mainly
evangelical voters who were going to vote for Bush anyway.
More good news from Massachusetts: All state legislators
who voted against a discriminatory constitutional amendment
last spring were re-elected on November 2nd. This is
despite concerted efforts by anti-equality groups to
unseat them because of their vote. Additionally, two
representatives who voted for the anti-GLBT amendment
REPORT SHOWS VOTERS SUPPORT LEGISLATORS WHO OPPOSE DISCRIMINATION
WASHINGTON - State legislators who voted against marriage
discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
people in 2004 state legislatures were not hurt by their
votes when they sought re-election, according to a new
study released today by the Equality Federation and
the Human Rights Campaign.
News reports leading up to and following the 2004 elections
often suggested that same-sex marriage rights cost many
legislators their seats, as many voters went to the
polls on "moral values." However, the study
released today challenges that characterization.
"This study is a reminder that people who support
equality for all families and couples are also moral
values voters," said Toni Broaddus, Executive Director
of the Equality Federation. "As the debate about
how to protect all families continues in the states,
legislators should be confident that they can vote for
equality without fear for their jobs."
"Voting against discrimination is good policy and
good politics," said Seth Kilbourn, HRC's national
field director. "Anyone trying to score political
points by discriminating against same-sex couples should
be put on notice. Prejudice does not win at the polls."
The topline results of the study concluded:
In 2004, legislators in 28 states cast votes on proposed
bills, constitutional amendments and resolutions that
dealt specifically with the right of same-sex couples
to marry. Legislators in 22 of these 28 states faced
the voters in November.
Eight hundred and eighty-one legislators in these 22
states cast votes opposing discrimination. Of those
881 legislators, 640 faced re-election in 2004.
Of the 640 legislators for whom the issue of marriage
could have factored into their election, 604 won.
In the races of the 36 legislators who lost, the legislator's
vote against discrimination was cited as a factor in
only 11 races.
Only 1.7 percent of state legislators running for re-election
lost their race because of their vote against banning
marriage for same-sex couples.
Ninety-four percent of legislators who voted against
discrimination were re-elected. This re-election rate
is consistent with or higher than the average rate of
re-election for all state legislators which is 90 percent
for state House incumbents and 92 percent of state Senate
Triangle Foundation will use the data in this report
to help convince Michigan legislators to vote for fairness
for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens.
"More and more data shows opposing anti-gay discrimination
is rewarded by voters on election day," said Sean
Kosofsky, of Triangle Foundation in Michigan. "Fair-minded
legislators can vote against discrimination without
jeopardizing their re-election races."
Triangle Foundation advocates for equality for lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender Michiganians.
The Equality Federation is a national coalition of statewide
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations,
working to secure full civil rights in every U.S. state
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.The
remainder did not seek re-election, were not up for
re-election, ran for other offices or were subject to