The following is an excerpt from Emma Margolin | December 19, 2016 | msnbc.com |
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday nabbed the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT rights organization, edging out her two Democratic primary rivals who also boast strong records on equality.
“Out on the campaign trail, we’ve seen Secretary Clinton fight back against Republicans threatening to block our progress – and revoke, repeal and overturn the gains made during President Obama’s two terms. Just as she has fought for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state,” HRC said in an email blast that also included a link to Clinton’s record and agenda on LGBT equality. Clinton will join HRC members and supporters in Iowa next week to accept the group’s official endorsement.
In a statement, Clinton said she was “honored” to receive HRC’s support, adding that “our work is far from over.”
“Too many LGBT Americans still face discrimination—in employment, in housing, in education, in health care—because of who they are or who they love,” Clinton said. “And the stakes in this election couldn’t be higher. The Republican candidates for president have not only hurled hateful, insulting rhetoric about the LGBT community—they’ve made it clear that if elected, they will roll back the rights that so many have fought for.”
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