Human Rights Campaign Announces Endorsement of Tom Barrett for Wisconsin Governor

by HRC Staff

Washington– Today the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – announced the endorsement of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for Wisconsin Governor.  Barrett is a strong supporter of LGBT equality and will fight for fairness for all Wisconsinites.  Current Governor Scott Walker’s record is fraught with divisiveness and anti-LGBT sentiment.  In addition to his “divide and conquer” approach to union labor in the Badger state, Walker supported the 2006 Wisconsin anti-marriage amendment and does not support basic rights and protections for LGBT people. 

“Tom Barrett has been a champion for equality throughout his career in public service,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “His dedication to the LGBT community and his commitment to fairness for all Wisconsin families make him the right choice for Governor.”

Tom Barrett is a strong supporter of equality, he opposed the 2006 amendment and earned 100 percent on HRC’s scorecard in the last Congress in which he served. He is also a leader in the community and has the support of local and national Democratic leaders, labor leaders, and education leaders.

“Tom Barrett’s energy and courage is needed in Madison.  When elected, he will fight for all Wisconsin families.  Tom has proven himself an effective leader – exactly what the people of Wisconsin need,” added Solmonese. 

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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.

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