Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, welcomed 150 gay and lesbian activists to their home Friday night, saying they share their wish for “a society that is fair and free from discrimination.”
“It’s a wonderful thing to do what you’re doing, and that’s devoting your lives to others,” Gore told the guests, most of them officers and members of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, a gay lobby. “This dedication is an outgrowth of the way you live your entire lives.”
Tipper Gore also lauded the guests for their efforts in the fight against AIDS, a cause for which she also works.
The reception Friday night was an effort by the administration to reach out politically to the gay community, which has been somewhat disappointed by President Clinton.