The Human Rights Campaign endorsed Barack Obama today for president of the United States. In making the announcement HRC President Joe Solmonese said:
"HRC is proud to throw our full support behind Senator Obama’s presidential campaign,” said HRC Senator Obama has consistently shown that he understands, as we do, that, GLBT rights are civil rights, and human rights. Senator Obama has said that embracing ‘our gay brothers and sisters’ is true to Martin Luther King’s vision; I know that Senator Obama’s vision is one of equality, fairness, and justice for all of us. We have just witnessed a historic primary contest in which two champions of our community demonstrated that they hear our voices and share our dreams. For millions across this country, their candidacies—as the first woman and the first African American to be top contenders for the nomination of a major party—have already been life-changing, inspiring, and groundbreaking. Senators Obama and Clinton both remained our allies whether they were campaigning in New Mexico or Nebraska; in California or Kansas. They are, quite simply, heroes to anyone fighting for equality."
The choice for supporters of LGBT equality is clear. Obama has gone on record as being in favor of full equality for LGBT people with the exception of marriage. McCain, on the other hand, has a clear record of opposition to LGBT civil rights.
i am so proud to be an American at this time - a gay one too!