Human Rights Campaign Endorses Dan Kildee For Congress

March 13, 2012

Nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization says Kildee best candidate in Michigan’s Fifth Congressional District to fight for equality and fairness

FLINT – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group, today announced its early endorsement of Dan Kildee and his candidacy for Congress. HRC has over one million members and supporters nationwide. Michigan’s Fifth Congressional District encompasses all of Genesee, Bay, Iosco and Arenac Counties, part of Saginaw County – including the City of Saginaw – and part of Tuscola County.

“We are proud to endorse Dan Kildee for Congress because he believes in doing the right thing – standing up for fairness and equality,” said HRC president Joe Solmonese.  “Dan is the leader the fair-minded people of Michigan’s 5th District need in Washington.  He will represent all families while focusing on creating jobs and strengthening the economy.”

Kildee has been a lifelong ally to Michigan’s LGBT community. In 2004, he voted against and strongly opposed a constitutional amendment in Michigan placed on the ballot that sought to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state. Kildee also supports the Employment Non- Discrimination Act (ENDA), which seeks to prohibit workplace discrimination, and the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He also supported the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), which barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the United States military, which was passed by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Obama in September 2011.

In addition to HRC, Kildee has also received endorsements from several of Michigan’s labor organizations, including the United Auto Workers (UAW), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 25, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), International Union of Operating Engineers (IOUE) Local 324, the Michigan Laborers’ District Council, the Office and Professional Employees International Union, and the Communications Workers of America.

“I have been – and always will be – a supporter of LGBT rights, including marriage equality,” said Dan Kildee. “Discrimination for any reason, including on the basis of sexual orientation, is wrong and has no place in our government or society. Under the leadership of President Obama, we have made great strides toward equality, but there is still more work to be done. When I am in Congress, I will be a consistent, steadfast voice for equality for all.”