HRC Endorses Tina Smith for U.S. Senate in Minnesota

by Ianthe Metzger

WASHINGTON -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced its endorsement of Senator Tina Smith (DFL-MN) for U.S. Senate in Minnesota.

“Throughout her career, both in the Senate and as Lt. Governor of Minnesota, Tina Smith has been a proven champion for equality who has fought for the rights of all Minnesotans, including the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.“We are proud to endorse her in this race, and look forward to continuing to work with her in the U.S. Senate to move equality forward for all Americans.”

“The Human Rights Campaign has been a leader in our nation’s march to LGBTQ equality and I’m proud to have their endorsement,” said Senator Smith. “I believe in a society that treats all its members with justice and kindness. As Senator, I will do everything I can to defend the progress that’s been made for LGBTQ equality and fight the injustices that still exist for many LGBTQ Americans—whether it’s making sure our youth feel safe in school or guaranteeing that civil rights protections cover all Americans.”

A long time public servant, Senator Smith has spent her career championing equality, justice and fairness. As Chief of Staff for Minnesota Governor Dayton, she was integral in the push for statewide marriage equality in 2013 and helped pass anti-bullying legislation. Just one week after joining the United States Senate in January, Senator Smith also cosponsored the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community


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