Governor Kitzhaber has a long and impressive history of voting for non-discrimination measures, expanding access to health care, and supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples.
“The Human Rights Campaign only endorses candidates who share our core values of equality and respect for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Oregonians are fortunate to have a governor who shares these values and has worked every day to continue the state’s leadership on issues of equality,” said HRC’s National Field Director Marty Rouse.
Kitzhaber’s Republican opponent Dennis Richardson has described people’s sexual orientation as “behavior-based,” a choice not unlike smoking and drinking. He also personally intervened in a Multnomah County court case to block LGBT couples from having their marriages recognized.
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.