Published on sovo.com, the Washington Blade staff reports, June 06, 2008.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group, endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president today, according to a press release.
“HRC is proud to throw our full support behind Senator Obama’s presidential campaign,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “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,” he said.
“The Human Rights Campaign has been at the forefront of the fight for GLBT equality and opportunity, and I am proud to have its endorsement,” said Senator Obama. “Too often, the issue of GLBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. I look forward to working with HRC to end discrimination against GLBT Americans and to ensure that all of our citizens are treated with dignity and respect” … (full text).
- The Civil Rights Movement Needs to Overcome Its Fears, June 7, 2008;
- Obama’s foreign affairs work focused on human rights, poverty, high-profile trips, February 26, 2008;
- video: Why Vote Barack Obama, 10.00 min, January 31, 2008;
- Video: Obama, the candidate for International Human Rights, 2.15 min, January 12, 2008;
- Barack Obama supported gay rights during his Illinois Senate tenure. He sponsored legislation in Illinois that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, not dated;
- Senator Barack Obama pledges to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – and to help reinstate gays and lesbians kicked out of the military due to this policy, Nov. 27, 2007;
- Remarks of Senator Barack Obama at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Ceremony, Nov. 16. 2007;
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