Human Rights Campaign Releases Comprehensive State-By-State Legislative Report

by HRC Staff

More Pro-LGBT Bills Passed in 2009 than in 2008 &amp 2007 Combined

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today released a comprehensive state-by-state report detailing LGBT-related legislation in 2009 and an outlook for 2010. The report indicates that despite disappointments in 2009, we witnessed a banner year for positive legislation affecting the LGBT community with as many positive bills passed this past year as in 2007 and 2008 combined. The report also details expectations for 2010 with the fight for marriage equality and relationship recognition now focused on Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, and Rhode Island and continued state and local efforts to protect LGBT employees. To view the report online, visit:

"While the road is never easy, we look ahead to 2010 with renewed dedication in the fight for equality," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "We will continue to work closely with state LGBT groups and our allies to secure these much-needed advancements. As the midterm elections heat up, we must remain focused on the many state legislators who stood with us by continuing to support them and also remember those who stood in the way."

** Equality from State to State author, HRC state legislative director Sarah Warbelow, is available for media inquiries.

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