During Pride Month, largest LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group in United States

BRUNSWICK, ME – The Angus King for U.S. Senate campaign today announced that Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Political Action Committee has endorsed U.S. Senator Angus King’s (I-Maine) re-election to the U.S. Senate. Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the United States. Its announcement comes during Pride Month, which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan and celebrates the LGBTQ community and its history.

            “It is an honor to have the support of the Human Rights Campaign, and I look forward to marching forward with them as we work to build a better, more just world,”Senator King said. “Equal rights for all people are foundational to our democracy. Watching Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech from a tree on the National Mall in 1963 helped foster my determination to see Dr. King’s dream come true. And since then, we’ve made considerable progress to better the lives of underrepresented people in our country. Whether it be strengthening anti-discrimination laws or establishing the obvious – that love is love and marriage equality is just and right. But there is so much more we must do to ensure the civil rights of all Americans, stop hate crimes, and let all people live a full and free life. Let’s do it together.”

“Senator Angus King is a champion for Maine’s families and works tirelessly in Congress to advance fairness and equality for every American – including LGBTQ people,”said JoDee Winterhof, HRC President for Policy and Political Affairs. “While LGBTQ Mainers enjoy state non-discrimination protections, more than half of Americans live in states with none. That’s why Senator King’s co-sponsorship of the Equality Act is so critical. As we face one of the most important elections in our lifetimes, it’s essential that fair-minded voters in Maine turn out this November and vote for Senator King. HRC is proud to endorse Senator King’s bid for re-election.”

Senator King has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community throughout his time in public office, and has supported a number of initiatives to protect the rights of LGBTQ people as both senator and governor. His record on LGBTQ issues includes:

Introducing Historic Federal Anti-Discrimination Legislation – Senator King co-sponsored the Equality Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to other protected classes, such as race or religion, to existing federal laws. The bill also would ban discrimination in a host of areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, access to credit, and federal funding.

Supporting Marriage Equality – Senator King was an outspoken advocate for the 2012 state referendum legalizing same-sex marriage, helping Maine to be among the first states in the country to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box.

Fighting for Homeless LGBTQ Youth – Senator King cosponsored the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act. This bill would reauthorize federal funding to curb youth homelessness and prohibit any federal grantee from discriminating against a child based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Forty percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.

Championing Maine’s Anti-Discrimination Law – In 1997, then-Governor King signed into law historic legislation that amended the Maine Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. When a People’s Veto effort was organized to roll back the legislation, Governor King was an outspoken advocate for protecting the rights granted under the new law.

The Human Rights Campaign plays a lead role in placing LGBTQ-related issues where they belong – in the mainstream of American politics. The Human Rights Campaign PAC supports candidates who have a history of support for LGBTQ equality in a number of areas, including hate crimes prevention, employment non-discrimination and HIV/AIDS care, treatment, prevention and research.