By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, January 19, former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, released a statement thanking the Human Rights Campaign for their endorsement in the 2016 Presidential Campaign.
Secretary Clinton said, “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign—the nation’s largest organization working to achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Thanks to the Human Rights Campaign and millions of advocates across the country, we’ve made tremendous progress. But 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. 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.”
Secretary Clinton vowed, “As President, I will continue to fight alongside the LGBT community to pass the Equality Act. I’ll support efforts to allow transgender personnel to serve openly, and I’ll end the dangerous practice of ‘conversion therapy’ on minors. I’ll expand access to HIV prevention and treatment, and confront the epidemic of violence facing the transgender community, especially transgender women of color. And I’ll continue the efforts I led as Secretary of State to advance the human rights of LGBT people around the world. I’m proud to stand with the Human Rights Campaign in this fight. Together, we can and will make our country—and our world—more just, fair, and equal for generations to come.”
The HRC challenged Alabama’s Defense of Marriage amendment and has sued repeatedly demanding that Alabama’s Probate Judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. They have been a loud critic of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his rulings on the definition of marriage.
Hillary Clinton hopes to deliver a knock out blow to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the southern states on March 1 in the battle for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination. Clinton has visited Alabama twice in the fall with visits to Montgomery and Hoover. Senator Sanders visited Birmingham on Monday.