WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that HRC’s Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from across the nation has voted today to endorse Rep. Bob Dold for re-election. The endorsement was issued along with a round of endorsements for pro-equality incumbents in the House and Senate.
“Bob Dold has stood up for the right of LGBT Americans to live their lives free from fear of discrimination, and he demonstrated true leadership by becoming the first House Republican to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Equality Act,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Bob Dold has shown he is committed to fairness and equality for all, and we are committed to sending him back to the House in 2016.”
In addition to supporting marriage equality and co-sponsoring the Equality Act, Dold voted to uphold President Obama’s executive order on Discrimination Against LGBT Federal Contractors. In June of 2015, Dold joined 60 Republican members of the House to uphold President Obama’s executive order on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The order explicitly protects transgender federal employees from workplace discrimination by amending an order issued by President Bill Clinton banning sexual orientation discrimination within the federal workforce. In the same order, President Obama set strong new standards banning discrimination against federal contractors, which employ 20 percent of the American workforce.
In addition to Bob Dold, HRC announced the following endorsements for incumbent members of Congress today:
In the House, HRC has endorsed Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Brad Ashford (D-NE), Ami Bera (D-CA), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Bob Dold (R-IL), Gwen Graham (D-FL), Ann Kuster (D-NH), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Rick Nolan (DFL-MN), Scott Peters (D-CA), Raúl Ruiz (D-CA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
In the Senate, HRC has endorsed Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
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