"The Hefley Amendment is a step backward in government policy," said NOW President Patricia Ireland. "The overwhelming majority of people in this country have come to believe that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is simply wrong. Discrimination unfairly denies jobs to lesbians and gay men and denies all of us the skills and intelligence of a significant portion of our population."
Last week a coalition of radical right-wing organizations launched a misleading and inaccurate ad campaign in prominent national newspapers which argues that homosexuality is a sin that can be overcome through Christian faith.
"The nature and timing of these ads and this amendment reveal their
purpose. They have little to do with homosexuality or Christianity and
everything to do with politics," Ireland said. "We know an election-year
wedge issue when we see it."
WHAT: Protest against Hefley Amendment and Homophobic Attacks on Lesbians and Gays
WHERE: Longworth House Office Building
(Independence Ave between New Jersey Ave & South Capitol St.)
WHEN: Wednesday, July 22, 1998; 12:00 noon
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