Human Rights Campaign Endorses Barack Obama

June 6, 2008 at 12:06 pm 10 comments

The Human Rights Campaign endorsed Barack Obama today for president of the United States. In making the announcement HRC President Joe Solmonese said:

HRC is proud to throw our full support behind Senator Obama’s presidential campaign,” said HRC Senator Obama has consistently shown that he understands, as we do, that, GLBT rights are civil rights, and human rights. Senator Obama has said that embracing ‘our gay brothers and sisters’ is true to Martin Luther King’s vision; I know that Senator Obama’s vision is one of equality, fairness, and justice for all of us. We have just witnessed a historic primary contest in which two champions of our community demonstrated that they hear our voices and share our dreams. For millions across this country, their candidacies—as the first woman and the first African American to be top contenders for the nomination of a major party—have already been life-changing, inspiring, and groundbreaking. Senators Obama and Clinton both remained our allies whether they were campaigning in New Mexico or Nebraska; in California or Kansas. They are, quite simply, heroes to anyone fighting for equality.

The choice for supporters of LGBT equality is clear. Obama has gone on record as being in favor of full equality for LGBT people with the exception of marriage. McCain, on the other hand, has a clear record of opposition to LGBT civil rights.

For more information:

Obama Pride

HRC’s 2008 Year to Win

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Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Campaigns, LGBT, Politics. Tags: , , , .

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Miss Vicki  |  June 6, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Cool….great news!

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  • 2. Michael Crawford  |  June 6, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Yes, this is great news. As a former HRC staffer, I am especially proud to see the organization endorse Barack.

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  • 3. Randy Allgaier  |  June 7, 2008 at 11:03 am

    You may be interested in reading my blog piece- An Open Letter to supporters of Hillary Clinton from a Supporter of Barack Obama – http://alligatorreport.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/an-open-letter-to-supporters-of-hillary-clinton-from-a-supporter-of-barack-obama/

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  • 4. queerunity  |  June 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    they could have done this earlier but still good
    http://www.queersunited.blogspot.com

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  • 5. chandler in lasvegas  |  June 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Totally meaningless.

    Like who were they going to endorse, Nader?

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  • 6. phil_in_ny  |  June 8, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I’m glad HRC endorsed Obama, but I’m not to fond of HRC. Have you checked out equalityforall.com? They’re a grass roots organization where the money actually goes to help, instead of funding joe solminese’s wardrobe.

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  • 7. Kurt  |  June 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Look, all I know is that we better get this hate out of our system and concentrate on getting Barack in the White House. Hillary asked her supporters to help put a democrat back in the White House.
    Chandler, you made my point for me. The Human Rights Campaign choose to go with Barack. Was that their first, best choice? We’ll never know. All we DO know is that Barack is the presumptive nominee, and we damn well better do every thing we can to help him win.

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  • 8. K  |  June 10, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    This is, of course, wonderful news.

    But I have a question: If Obama chooses as his running mate Republican Chuck Hegel or one of the Democrats with poor records on LGBT issues, will HRC note the contradiction?

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  • 9. Kurt  |  June 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Hegel? That’s not going to happen – he disagrees with Barack on everything EXCEPT Iraq.
    Tom Daschle is the odds-on favorite for the VP slot right now.

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  • 10. Michael Crawford  |  June 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t know who Barack will choose as his running mate. I do know that he has run on a platform of unifying the American people and moving us forward after 8 long years of Bush-led incompetence. I sincerely doubt that he will choose a running mate who will be a divisive figure.

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