HRC Announces Endorsement of Baron Hill for United States Senate

by HRC Staff

WASHINGTON -- Today the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – announced its endorsement of Baron Hill for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Indiana’s Dan Coats.

“Whether it’s voting to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ or opposing Mike Pence’s ‘Right to Discriminate Bill,’ Baron Hill has demonstrated that he will fight for full LGBT equality in the United States Senate,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “The choice is clear. Baron Hill believes that everyone should be able to live free from fear of discrimination and harm, while Congressman Marlin Stutzman and Congressman Todd Young believe in a status quo where LGBT people are second class citizens. The vast majority of fair-minded Hoosiers today believe it's disgrace that LGBT people can still be fired, evicted or denied services because of who they are or whom they love.”

As a candidate Baron Hill has opposed Gov. Mike Pence’s right to discriminate bill and while in Congress, Hill voted against a constitutional amendment that would have banned marriage equality in every state, voted to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and voted for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Prevention Act and Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). He has also endorsed the Equality Act, which would extend existing civil rights protections to the LGBT community.

Hill’s likely opponents -- Congressmen Todd Young and Marlin Stutzman -- have refused to support legislation to protect LGBT people from discrimination, oppose marriage equality and even voted to strip LGBT protections from the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

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.

Paid for by the Human Rights Campaign PAC and authorized by Baron Hill for Indiana.

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