Electoral Support Yield Gay Rights Gains

August 27, 2007 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

There continues to be great discussion in LGBT communities about what are the best ways to advance the fight for LGBT civil rights. Here is a great example of our organizations using smart and focused strategies that yielded almost immediate results.

From the Concord Monitor:

The group, the Human Rights Campaign, proceeded to spend almost $150,000 on New Hampshire state races, much of which went to the Senate Democratic Caucus. The group also provided physical help: An employee traveled to the state to assist with get-out-the-vote efforts and phone-banks.”

What we knew in each of those states was that a change in the Legislature meant a change in the issues that our community cares so deeply about,” said the group’s president, Joe Solmonese, referring to New Hampshire, Iowa and Oregon, the three states the group focused on.

The Human Rights Campaign, as everyone knows by now, bet right. Democrats wrested control of the House and Senate from Republicans, giving the party simultaneous control of both legislative chambers and the corner office for the first time since the 19th century. And in their first year in power, Democrats ushered a civil unions bill into law, winning praise from gay-rights groups.The focus on New Hampshire marked a change in strategy for the Human Rights Campaign. For years, the group focused on national races, donating money and assistance to candidates for Congress and the White House. But in 2006, the group added local politics to its repertoire. And in each of the three states, lawmakers proceeded to pass laws enhancing rights for gay and lesbian people. Oregon lawmakers approved domestic partnerships, while Iowa lawmakers granted gay and lesbian residents more protection against discrimination.

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  • 1. phil_in_ny  |  August 28, 2007 at 5:36 am

    There’s also a great article in his weeks Advocate, disscussing how Democrats are slowly winning over Evangelical voters.

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