Human Rights Campaign Endorses Steven Horsford for U.S. Congress

by Ianthe Metzger

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced its endorsement of former Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford for U.S. House in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

“Steven Horsford is a proven leader who will fight for equality, fairness and Nevada’s families,” said HRC Nevada State Director Briana Escamilla. “Throughout his time in public service, he has worked hard to move equality forward in the Silver State. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse his candidacy for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.”

"HRC's support means so much to our campaign," said Steven Horsford. "Cresent Hardy's extreme record--from opposing workplace discrimination protections and marriage equality to his recent call to reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell--does not reflect the values of Nevada's 4th District. I’m proud to be a fighter for equality and justice and against hate and discrimination for all of us.”

During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Horsford scored a perfect 100 on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard, which measures members’ of Congress support for LGBTQ equality and policies. He supports marriage equality and the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee comprehensive protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's civil rights laws. In the general election Horsford will face former U.S. Representative Cresent Hardy (R), who received a zero on HRC’s scorecard during his time in Congress. Hardy was a cosponsor of the discriminatory First Amendment Defense Act, and also recently called for the reinstatement of the failed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that banned openly gay people from serving in the military.  

HRC recently announced a bold, proactive grassroots expansion with the launch of HRC Rising -- a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. The campaign is the biggest strategic expansion in the organization’s 38-year history and will include significant investments in Nevada. HRC has identified nearly 600,000 Nevadans as likely Equality Voters, meaning they are strong supporters of progressive LGBTQ policies including marriage equality, adoption by LGBTQ people, and laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.



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