Priority Candidate Spotlight: Baldwin, Berkley, Brown
October 26, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, Online Content and Marketing Manager
This November, fair-minded leaders across the country will face off with anti-gay candidates at the ballot box. HRC has proudly endorsed pro-equality candidates Tammy Baldwin, Shelley Berkley and Sherrod Brown for their unceasing support of full equality for LGBT Americans.
Tammy Baldwin is a U.S. representative for Wisconsin and a Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. A champion for full equality, Baldwin founded and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. Baldwin is the first, and currently only, out lesbian elected to Congress. If elected, Baldwin would be the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the Senate, and the first openly lesbian Senator.
In Nevada, Rep. Shelley Berkley will challenge Sen. Dean Heller, a Congressmember who while in office scored a zero percent on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard for his anti-equality politics. Unlike her opponent, Berkley has consistently voted in support of full LGBT equality, including the repeal of DADT and against a constitutional amendment attempt to define marriage as between men and a woman.
In 1996, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown was one of just 67 of the 435 members of U.S. House to oppose the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Today, the incumbent Democratic candidate is a cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and one of just a handful of Senators who fully support equality marriage rights.
In the lead up to November 6, we’ll profile HRC’s key endorsed candidates and their leadership on fair-minded policies. Check back soon for more.
To learn more about these and other HRC priority candidates, visit the Election Center.