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Gerald Ford supported gay rights

lFordgHere's an announcement made in 2002 by the Republican Unity Coalition, after President Ford joined the gay political group's advisory board:

Washington, D.C.---President Gerald R. Ford has joined the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC) as a member of the organization's Advisory Board , it was announced today by Charles Francis, chairman of the RUC.

"We are so proud to have President Ford join the RUC in our effort to expand the Republican Party by reaching out to gay and lesbian Americans, our friends, families and colleagues who believe in the great principles of the GOP. President Ford has spoken eloquently about the need for an inclusive policy that welcomes gays into the Republican family, and we are truly honored to have him join this important effort," Charles Francis said.

In a historic interview with Deb Price published by The Detroit News last year, President Ford said: "I have always believed in an inclusive policy in welcoming gays and others into the party".

http://www.republicanunity.com/fjruc.htm

For more, read The Advocate obituary at http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid40689.asp

Also, from Log Cabin Republicans:

Log Cabin Republicans Mourn the Death of President Gerald Ford

(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans mourn the death of former President Gerald Ford and send condolences to Mrs. Ford and their entire family. "President Ford was a great man called to lead our country during one of its most difficult hours," said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. "He will be remembered for helping to heal a wounded nation and for acting as a force for tolerance and common sense American values."

In 2001, President Ford joined the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay-straight alliance which was formed to advocate for gay and lesbian issues within the Republican Party. Ford’s decision to join that board marked the first time a past or current U.S. president had joined an organization advocating for gay equality.  Read Log Cabin's full news release. 

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