Washington– Today the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – announced the endorsement of U.S. Representative Ed Markey running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Markey fully supports LGBT equality, earning a 100% rating from HRC in each Congress since the organization started its Congressional scorecard in 1989. He was one of just 67 House members to oppose the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments challenging the constitutionality of DOMA earlier this year and is expected to rule this summer.
“Massachusetts has been a leader for LGBT equality since it ushered in marriage equality nine years ago, and the people of the Bay State deserve another great Senator who represents the American value of fairness for all,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Rep. Markey has spent his career in Congress working to advance equality. It’s time for him to bring that proven track record to the U.S. Senate.”
"I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, whose passion and tenacity galvanized a movement that has made this country more equal for all Americans, regardless of who you love,” said Rep. Markey. “I voted against DOMA and have urged President Obama to prevent discrimination by federal contractors. In the Senate, I will bring this fight for equal rights and advocacy on behalf of LGBT people."
Rep. Markey is a committed supporter of LGBT equality. In addition to voting against DOMA, he was also one of the first members of Congress to support equal marriage rights for all Americans. He has the support of Massachusetts’s senior Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Rep. Barney Frank, and the Kennedy Family.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.