Human Rights Campaign-Endorsed Giffords Sails to Victory

by HRC Staff

'HRC members in Arizona helped secure this nomination but we must continue pushing until November to help secure the victory,' said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

WASHINGTON - Last night, the Human Rights Campaign-endorsed candidate for the 8th district of Arizona, state Sen. Gabrielle Giffords, mounted an impressive victory to secure the Democratic nomination for the seat. Giffords received backing from the Human Rights Campaign and also extensive on-the-ground resources that helped secure 54 percent of the vote (with 89 percent of precincts reporting results).

"HRC members in Arizona helped secure this nomination but we will continue working through November to help secure the victory," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "We are committed to redoubling our efforts and we already have staff on-the-ground in Tucson mobilizing our members to help Giffords achieve victory in the general election."

Giffords has been a leader in the Arizona state Legislature on the issue of stopping discrimination. During her time in the Legislature she has fought to:

ᄡProvide judges with the ability to increase charges against people committing hate crimes (S.B. 1210, in 2003)

ᄡProtect Arizonans in the workplace by prime-sponsoring legislation to prohibit employment discrimination (H.B. 2415, in 2001) and

ᄡMake it illegal to fire someone on the basis of gender and/or sexual orientation (H.B. 2704, in 2001).

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that GLBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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