Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced its endorsement of Pennsylvania Attorney Josh Shapiro for re-election.
“The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Attorney General Shapiro, an outspoken advocate on behalf of LGBTQ equality,” said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David. “Shapiro has been working to advance LGBTQ rights and fight back against attacks on equality by the Trump Administration. With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it has become even more vital to have pro-equality Attorneys General leading the charge to defend the hard-fought progress we have won in recent years. Our team is working hard to elect Attorney General Shapiro and pro-equality candidates up and down the ticket in Pennsylvania.”
"As Attorney General, I'm fighting everyday to protect the rights of every Pennsylvanian — no matter what you look like, who you love, or who you pray or don't pray to,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “I've defended the rights of LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians in court time and again, and will continue to work for equality in wages, health care, justice, and much more. I'm grateful to the Human Rights Campaign for their long friendship and their critical work."
Shapiro’s opponent in this race, Heather Heidelbaugh opposes adding gender identity to non-discrimination laws, believes that businesses should be able to discriminate against LGBTQ people, and opposes the Affordable Care Act which provides critical protections to LBTQ people in health care. Her presence in the Attorney General’s office would be both a major barrier to equality and could result in a roll back of progress for LGBTQ people.
In Pennsylvania, HRC has identified more than 2.9 million Pennsylvanians as “Equality Voters” -- voters who support LGBTQ-inclusive policies. HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in Pennsylvania in the 2020 cycle, with 14 staff working day and night to elect pro-equality candidates up and down the ticket and turn out voters for the most important election of our lifetimes.
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