From the Human Rights Campaign:
HRC Endorses Sen. Warner, Reps. Spanberger and Luria
This morning, in commemoration of the 1 year anniversary of the House passage of the Equality Act, the Human Rights Campaign endorsed 40 House and 5 Senate Candidates crucial to maintaining or establishing pro-equality majorities in the U.S. Congress. These endorsements included Senator Mark Warner, and Reps. Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia.
“In 2018, HRC stood with many of these pro-equality leaders to build a pro-equality majority in the U.S. House and pass the Equality Act. Within months of taking office, they did just that,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Now HRC and these champions for equality must work together to ensure we maintain a pro-equality majority in the U.S. House and establish one in the U.S. Senate. Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow consideration of the Equality Act leaves LGBTQ people across America at risk of being fired from jobs, refused essential services like health care, and more vulnerable to violence. HRC will work to mobilize 57 million Equality Voters nationwide to turn out this November and ensure these endorsed candidates win because lives are on the line.”
“I am honored to have earned the support of the Human Rights Campaign,” said Sen. Mark Warner. “We’ve made tremendous strides in the journey towards equality, but a great deal of work still remains. We need to elect a United States Senate that will pass the Equality Act and move us closer to true equality for all of our LGBTQ friends and neighbors. Discrimination has no place in Virginia or our country.”
“As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, I’ve worked to bring full civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community and am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign,” said Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-2). “I will always be an ally to the LGBTQ community.”
“I am proud to have the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign for my re-election,” said Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-7). “During my first term in Congress, we have taken historic steps towards ensuring equality for our LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors. By far, one of my proudest days as a Member of Congress was when we passed the Equality Act. We have plenty more to accomplish to make our country a safer, fairer, and more just place for everyone, and I am thankful for the support and partnership of the Human Rights Campaign as we work together to keep fighting for the equality of all.”
In the 2018 midterms, HRC helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked over 8,500 shifts and clocked more than 30,000 volunteer hours. In the critical final four days of the campaign, HRC staff and volunteers in get-out-the-vote efforts alone knocked on more than 80,000 doors, and held 36,400 conversations with voters at their doors and by phone on behalf of our endorsed candidates. HRC’s unprecedented grassroots mobilization worked to recruit volunteers, mobilize constituents, register voters and grow the organization’s grassroots army in an all-out effort to pull the emergency brake on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that would hold them accountable. In 2020, our engagement and mobilization efforts will only deepen. HRC will have at least 45 full-time staff in these seven priority states and an additional 20 staff focused on a second tier of states and districts.
For a full list of today’s endorsements click here