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    From the Human Rights Campaign FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2006 Bush Bows to Extremist Pressure and Schedules Press Conference on Marriage Amendment
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      From the Human Rights Campaign
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2006

      Bush Bows to Extremist Pressure and Schedules Press Conference on
      Marriage Amendment

      WASHINGTON - In a column for the conservative magazine, The Weekly
      Standard, Executive Editor Fred Barnes broke the news that President
      Bush has decided to bow to the weeks of demands from the right-wing
      extremist groups and hold a press conference in the Rose Garden of the
      White House to reiterate his support of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

      According to Barnes, the Rose Garden press conference is scheduled for
      Monday, June 5, a day before the Senate is expected to vote down the
      Constitutional amendment.

      "It's a national disgrace that President Bush has yet again bowed to
      the far-right extremists. Instead of addressing the real challenges
      facing American families -- from record high gas prices, bankrupting
      health care costs and an endless and costly war in Iraq -- the
      President will further divide this country and put the far-right
      extremist's interests ahead of the American people's well-being," said
      Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

      In his article this weekend, Barnes wrote, "As for Bush, he will
      appear on June 5 in the Rose Garden before a gathering of amendment
      supporters and, a White House official says, 'strongly support' the
      amendment. The president has rarely mentioned the amendment in the
      past. The choice of the Rose Garden as a venue means he is raising the
      marriage amendment to a higher level on his agenda, his wife's advice
      notwithstanding."

      This news comes after weeks of intense pressure by leading right-wing
      extremists groups calling on President Bush to immediately speak out
      on the Federal Marriage Amendment. These groups attacked the White
      House over the fact that the only voices speaking out on the Amendment
      were First Lady Laura Bush and Mary Cheney's comments against using
      the Federal Marriage Amendment's push for political purposes.

      Solmonese continued, "Rose Garden addresses have historically been
      reserved for occasions of unity and justice. Unfortunately, President
      Bush will break with history and use the Rose Garden as a backdrop to
      promote discrimination against a group of Americans. The President
      should stop playing politics with our Constitution and use his speech
      as an opportunity to lay out an agenda to fix what's really wrong in
      America."

      Brad Luna | Phone: 202/216.1514 | Cell: 202/812.8140
      Jay Smith Brown | Phone: 202/216.1580 | Cell: 202/716.1650
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