WASHINGTON - Tonight, the Democratic presidential candidates took part in a national forum on issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, sponsored jointly by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Logo. The following is a statement by Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese on the event:
"Tonight was an important night in the fight for equality for GLBT Americans. We pulled the curtain back a bit and gave all Americans a deeper look inside the candidates' core beliefs about the issues that affect our community. From repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' supporting equal employment rights, providing full funding for the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to eliminating the Defense of Marriage Act, these candidates went on record and committed to fighting for equality in all sectors of our society. Unfortunately, we have more work to do. The overwhelming majority of the candidates do not support marriage equality. While we heard very strong commitments to civil unions and equality in federal rights and benefits, their reasons for opposing equality in civil marriage tonight became even less clear. Over the course of the presidential campaign, we will continue to ask these questions and demand real answers from the candidates who were appeared tonight - and from those who didn't show up. The next president must be committed to not only doing what's achievable, but also what's right."
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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