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January 24, 2003 | Vicki Kemper, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- The Christian conservative chosen to serve on a presidential AIDS advisory council withdrew his name from consideration Thursday, citing "the current controversy" over his previous remarks about the disease. Administration officials described the withdrawal of Jerry Thacker, who has AIDS, as "his personal decision," but also sought to distance President Bush from some of Thacker's words, including earlier references to AIDS as "the gay plague."
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January 23, 2003 | Vicki Kemper and Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writers
Jerry Thacker, a religious conservative who has described homosexuality as a "deathstyle," will be sworn in next week as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, a Bush administration official confirmed Wednesday night. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that Thacker and his family have the virus. Thacker was chosen to serve on the commission because of his record of reaching out to the conservative community on HIV and AIDS issues, the official said.
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