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One Week Out

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

One week from today, voters will head to the polls to choose between President Obama and Mitt Romney. In Maine, Maryland, and Washington State, voters will have an opportunity to affirm marriage equality for loving, committed same-sex couples. In Minnesota, voters will have the chance to rebuke efforts to write discrimination into their constitution. In neighboring Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin is poised to become the first-ever openly gay U.S. Senator. And in countless other Congressional and local races across the country, equality’s continued march forward is at stake.

HRC has undertaken the largest mobilization effort in the history of our organization to ensure equality prevails at the polls next week. There is so much at stake. A Romney win would represent, undoubtedly, a major step backward for our community. Mitt Romney does not support relationship recognition for same-sex couples, he’s scorned LGBT families, and he doesn’t even think it should be illegal for employers to fire someone based solely on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Creating hardships for families and promoting volatile workplaces where people can be fired no matter how good they are at their job is not a way to strengthen the American economy. HRC has created a comprehensive online resource outlining Mitt Romney’s anti-LGBT positions – check it out at

The presidential race is by no means the only race in which equality is at stake. HRC President Chad Griffin is currently on a six-state Get Out the Vote tour,  and we’ve sent more than 70 staffers to key races across the country. HRC’s Election Center has more information on all the candidates we’ve endorsed, details on our unprecedented mobilization efforts, and ways you can get involved.

There is simply too much at stake this election for anyone to sit idly by on the sidelines. Visit and take action now!

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