In a Voice exclusive, the Human Rights Campaign has endorsed Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff in the 2020 U.S. Senate race.
Osoff is challenging Republican incumbent David Perdue who won the seat in 2015.
Human Rights Campaign, which claims to have over three million members, describes itself as “the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.”
Alphonso David, president of the Washington, DC based organization, issued this statement today:
“Despite support from 70% of the American public and a strong majority of his own party, Mitch McConnell has stood in the way of progress for LGBTQ people and refused to even allow a vote on the Equality Act. Today’s endorsements mark the next step of HRC’s efforts to elect a pro-equality U.S. Senate and end McConnell’s tenure as majority leader. Each of these candidates are true allies of our movement and will work to ensure LGBTQ people are treated with the respect and dignity every human deserves. Together, united like never before, we can achieve the change our community needs.”
In response, Ossoff told the Voice, “I’m honored to have the Human Rights Campaign’s support and look forward to working with them to secure human rights for all.”
In response to the 2015 Supreme Court decision requiring states to perform and recognize the marriages of same-sex couples, Sen. Perdue told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Once again, we see a court that has overstepped its limited constitutional role rather than allow the American people to decide this issue…”
In contrast, yesterday Senate hopeful Ossoff told the Voice, “In the Senate, I’ll fight for equal rights and equal protection for all Americans and proudly support the Equality Act, which will expand federal anti-discrimination protections to include gender and sexual orientation.”