Washington — Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, joined by HRC's Atlanta Steering Committee, released the following statement regarding the passing of Lillian Miles Lewis, wife of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA):
“The Lewis family has done so much to advance the basic civil rights for all Americans. When Congressman Lewis argued passionately against the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, stating that committed gay and lesbian couples simply want to "spend their lives with the one they love," he knew from his life with Lillian just how essential the bond of marriage can be.
"The entire HRC family mourns the loss of this incredible and brave woman, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Congressman and his family at this time."
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.