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Political battles continue to rage on even with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has found another ally on his side as prominent LGBTQ advocacy organization Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has endorsed him for president.
In the press release put out by the organization, they hailed Biden as “the leader our community and our country need(s).” HRC president Alphonso David commended the fact that Biden had advocated for LGBTQ equality even during a time when it was unpopular, and assured the candidate that HRC’s three million members and supporters would work tirelessly to elect him as the United States’s next president.
According to the HRC, Biden has been working for the LGBTQ community even before becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. As a senator, Biden had supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. While it did not become law, it has now been replaced by the more comprehensive Equality Act, which Biden says would become a priority during his term.
Biden was also instrumental in repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” passing an LGBTQ-inclusive hate-crimes law, allowing transgender people to serve in the military, as well as pushing for more funding to battle AIDS and HIV. Biden also considers trans rights as “the civil rights issue of our time.”
During the 2012 re-election campaign, Biden also went on “Meet the Press” to endorse marriage equality. In an interview on “Morning Joe,” David said Biden did this even if most analysts did not think it was a wise political move.
“He knew that it was the right moral decision,” David told co-host Mika Brzezinski.
The HRC is the latest organization to endorse Biden’s run for president. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Equality California, Indivisible, and the Stonewall Democrats of Arizona have also come out in support of Biden.
Aside from these organizations, Biden has been endorsed by former President Barack Obama and former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton.