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Richard Gephardt said he was proud of daughter Chrissy and attacked a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Congressman Richard Gephardt and his wife Jane promoted family unity and showed support for their daughter, Chrissy and her partner, Amy, at an awards ceremony hosted by the group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

"We are members of PFLAG and we are proud members of PFLAG and we're very proud of our daughter Chrissy Gephardt and her partner, Amy, who's here tonight and we love both of them a lot," Gephardt said. "We were supportive as any parent should be. We love Chrissy unconditionally and we supported her in every way that we knew how and could."

The one-time Democratic presidential candidate also attacked the Bush administration's support for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

"I must tell you I am ashamed when top leaders in this country and citizens of this country and even the president of the United States suggest to the people of this country that there should be an amendment to the constitution to take away rights from people rather than giving rights to people," Gephardt said.

The congressman is part of a public service announcement campaign featuring nationally recognized figures posing with gay and lesbian family members in hopes of encouraging other families of gays and lesbians to stay close.


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