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Clinton and Lesbian and Gays

October 15, 1996

According to the Washington Post, The Clinton Re-election campaign has placed some ads on Christian Radio stations that boast of his opposition to gay and lesbian marriage. Clinton is lucky this news didn’t come out a few days ago, when hundreds of thousands of lesbians and gay men and their families were in Washington D.C. to see the complete AIDS memorial quilt. On Saturday night, thousands walked through the streets of the nation’s capitol for a powerful candlelight vigil to remember the dead and fight like hell for those living with HIV or AIDS. The vigil did not pass by the White House. The only major act of protest this weekend was by ACT-UP which held a funeral procession and scattered ashes of the dead on the White House Lawn to protest Presidential Inaction on AIDS. Clinton has blocked a national needle exchange program and he never instituted the Manhattan Project he promised in order to find a cure. President Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al and Tipper Gore did, however, visit the AIDS memorial Quilt on display on the Mall.

The weekend’s events in Washington kicked off on Friday, also known as National Coming out Day. On Friday, the Human Rights Campaign, the national’s largest gay and lesbian membership organization held a rally to get out the vote. HRC is trying to get the vote out for President Clinton, even though his record on gay and lesbian issues has been inconsistent. Elizabeth Birch is the Executive Director of the HRC.

Candace Gingrich is the half-sister of House Speaker Newt Gingrich; she’s on the staff of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group. She spoke Friday in Washington, for National Coming Out Day.

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