Statement from HRC President on the Passing of LGBTQ Champion and Michigan Senator Carl Levin

by Wyatt Ronan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Late yesterday, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) passed away at the age of 87. Levin was the longest-serving Senator in the history of the state of Michigan, having served from 1979 to 2015. Senator Levin was a notable supporter of LGBTQ equality and led the fight on key initiatives that moved the movement forward. Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement in reaction to Senator Levin’s passing:

The Human Rights Campaign family is saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Carl Levin, a dedicated public servant for the people of Michigan in Washington, and a leader responsible for advancing the movement to achieve equality for all. As Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2010, Senator Levin was integral in the charge to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ allowing more than 15,000 active duty military service members the chance to serve openly without fear of retribution. His strong commitment to issues of equality was clear throughout his tenure in the Senate and he has left a significant footprint on the path toward full LGBTQ equality under the law. We thank him for his life’s work as a committed champion and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.

Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President

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