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Vice President Gore Opposes Anti-Gay California Initiative

Date: 
September 17, 1999

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Vice President Al Gore today announced his opposition to the anti-gay Knight Initiative on the March 7, 2000 California ballot. Gore's announcement followed fellow Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley's stance against the Knight Initiative calling it divisive and contributing to atmosphere of hate.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Kerry Lobel praised Gore's statement, "Vice President Al Gore has made clear his support for equality in his rejection of the politics of scapegoating and exclusion. The other candidates should show a similar commitment to fairness and compassion."

The Knight Initiative, which will be decided by California voters on the same ballot as the presidential primary, would ban recognition of same sex marriages. Because California already defines marriage as between a man and a woman, the unnecessary Initiative is widely seen as a targeted attack on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Clearly outlining the fine line that both Gore and Bradley are walking on the anti-gay Knight Initiative, Gore spokesperson, Kiki Moore stated that although Gore was opposed to same sex marriage, "if the Vice President lived in California he would not support this divisive initiative."

The NGLTF Policy Institute report, Courting the Vote: The 2000 Presidential Candidates' Positions on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues will be provided to media representatives upon request. Please call the NGLTF Communications Department at 202-332-6483.

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