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Taking the Case for Equality to Capitol Hill

This blog post comes from HRC Director Tom Knabel:

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in HRC’s Lobby Day – where HRC members and supporters from across the country head to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, to meet with members of Congress to discuss issues of LGBT equality. I spent the day meeting with members of the Minnesota delegation.

Our first meeting was with Congressman Keith Ellison, one of the most supportive members of the House on LGBT issues. We thanked Rep. Ellison for his co-sponsorship of all of our bills and his fantastic work with us to defeat the anti-marriage amendment in Minnesota that will be on the ballot in November. We also met with other supportive lawmakers, and discussed strategies for moving the needle with lawmakers who still must do more on our issues.  

After a quick lunch in the Cannon House Office Building, we had one more meeting with a staffer for a House member and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. We also met with supportive Senator Amy Klobuchar before a delightful meeting with Senate LGBT champion Al Franken, who talked excitedly about his efforts as the lead sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the 37 cosponsors of the bill.

We had a wonderful day of dialog about HRC with members of Congress, invigorated by the amazing support of some, sobered by the reality of the challenges of changing the hearts and minds of others, and with a renewed appreciation for the amazing work of HRC staff occurring every day in the halls and offices of our nation’s capital.

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