Group Slams Bush's 'Legacy' Before He Has One

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:04 PM EDT

( - A homosexual advocacy group is circulating an email message suggesting that George W. Bush's legacy will be one of discrimination.

The email sent out by the Human Rights Campaign features a computer image of Mt. Rushmore with George W. Bush's face carved into it -- right next to that of Abraham Lincoln and three other U.S. presidents. The picture is titled, "Every President Leaves A Legacy."

The caption says, "Washington: Fathered our country; Jefferson: Wrote Declaration of Independence; Roosevelt: Won Nobel Peace Prize; Lincoln: Freed the slaves; Bush: Wrote discrimination into Constitution?" The HRC inserted the question mark, by the way.

The Human Rights campaign accuses Bush of "wanting" to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. "We need your help right now to keep this from happening," the email says, going into its fund-rasing pitch.

"This President's Day, support the Human Rights Campaign's efforts to defeat the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment and protect the rights of ALL Americans and their families," the email concludes.

It urges like-minded people not only to contribute money, but to sign a "petition for marriage equality" and to forward the message to friends.

HRC said 260,000 people have signed its "marriage equality" petition to date, but its goal is to get one million signers.

The petition begins with the words, "I do."

"I do support the right of every American to marry, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples. I believe that marriage and other civil rights protections are essential to making all families safer and more secure..."

The HRC says there are more than 1,000 federal protections and responsibilities denied to GLBT families because they cannot legally marry. It offers a few examples of benefits denied, including medical emergencies; immigration of a partner; family or medical leave; and health coverage.

President Bush, according to press reports, will soon make an announcement in support of amending the U.S. constitution to reflect a man-woman definition of marriage. Conservatives say Bush's legacy will be one of protecting families that give children both a mother and a father.

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