Nation’s grassroots lesbian PAC endorses Russ Feingold (D-WI), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) and Ted Strickland (D-OH), allies who will be progressive champions for LGBTQ women
LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, announced the first endorsements of male candidates on its 2016 slate, all steadfast allies of LGBTQ women. Russ Feingold (D-WI), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) and Ted Strickland (D-OH) will use their extensive legislative experience to advance LGBT rights, women’s equality and social justice, the values on which LPAC bases its endorsements.
“This election is an opportunity to return the Senate to a legislative body that works to advance issues of importance to lesbian and queer women,” said LPAC Executive Director, Beth Shipp. “With reproductive rights and LGBT equality under attack – we need champions in the U.S. Senate, as well as a progressive majority that can protect and defend our progress, and confirm progressive judicial nominees. Russ Feingold, Patrick Murphy and Ted Strickland will be exceptional leaders in the U.S. Senate, and we look forward to seeing them sworn in next January.”
“I’m proud to have the support of LPAC and its members who fight for Wisconsin’s LGBTQ women every single day,” said Feingold. “We’ve seen what happens when our leaders refuse to stand up for all of our citizens, and we can’t afford to go back. Progress comes from leadership – not political safety. As a longtime supporter of the rights for LGBTQ Americans, I’m proud to have voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. But we still have work to do. We must fight for efforts such as a federal anti-discrimination and equal pay legislation to protect the rights of our our LGBT friends and neighbors. And we have to continue to ensure that all of Wisconsin’s women have access to quality affordable healthcare. I will continue to be a tireless advocate to ensure that all Wisconsinites enjoy the full benefits of citizenship.”
“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of LPAC,” said Murphy. “The rights of women and the LGBTQ community are under attack in Florida and across the United States. Right here at home, the Florida Department of Children and Families is refusing to protect LGBTQ foster children. That is why it is more important than ever that we elect fair-minded candidates who are willing to fight for justice and equality for all of our families. From fighting for equal pay for equal work and protecting a woman’s right to choose to working for anti-discrimination protection, I will fight every day to protect the values we hold dear – and make them a top priority in the U.S. Senate.”
“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of LPAC, an organization that shares my strong commitment to fighting for true equality, opportunity and justice for every Ohioan,” said Strickland. “We’ve made some great strides in ensuring the rights of LGBTQ Americans are protected and I am proud to have been a part of this fight – but we still have so much work to do. Whether the challenge is protecting our friends and neighbors from being fired or evicted simply because of who they are, ending the abusive practice of conversation therapy, or making sure that women receive equal pay for equal work and can make their own healthcare decisions, in the U.S. Senate I will fight back against discrimination at every turn and ensure that every Ohioan receives the full equality they deserve.”
LPAC builds the political power of lesbians by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, and social justice. Since its founding in 2012, LPAC has grown into an influential grassroots political action committee, with members in 47 states and the District of Columbia. LPAC has raised over $2 million since 2012, and has invested in more than 40 races and independent expenditure campaigns throughout the country.
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