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Polis Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando

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Washington, June 12, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C., June 13, 2016:  Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding the mass shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

“The Orlando shooting was a direct attack on equality, diversity, and freedom; it was an act of terror against all Americans,” Rep. Polis said. “Most tragically it snuffed out dozens of vibrant lives too soon, and darkened countless others. My heartfelt sympathy is with the victims as well as their families, friends, and the city of Orlando.”

“My thoughts also remain with the entire LGBT community. Our community today has been the target of hate and terror, and it is tragic that members of the community who want to give blood to help their friends are unjustifiably prevented from doing so despite the need.”

“While we mourn those lost, we must continue to be resilient. We, as a community, know that love will always prevail over hate.”

Polis is a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the first openly gay parent to serve in Congress.

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