Senator Franken Endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign
Campaign launches “LGBT & Allies for Al”; Over 1,000 Minnesotans join group in 24 hours
ST. PAUL [06/29/14]— Today, in honor of Twin Cities Pride, Sen. Al Franken’s re-election campaign announced the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, for the Senator’s hard work and long-time support for equality and expanded rights for LGBT Minnesotans and their families.
“Senator Franken is a longstanding champion for the rights of Minnesota’s LGBT community and has worked hard in the Senate to fight discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “HRC is proud to stand with Senator Franken as he continues to be a powerful and effective voice for families in Minnesota and around the country.”
Franken’s campaign also announced the launch of “LGBT & Allies for Al,” a group joined by more than one thousand Minnesotans who attended Twin Cities Pride yesterday. Tom Knabel, MD, a leader in Minnesota’s LGBT community; Monica Meyer, OutFront Minnesota’s Executive Director; and Richard Carlbom, Campaign Manager, Minnesotans United for All Families, will serve as co-chairs.
“Senator Franken works hard on behalf of all Minnesotans and has been an effective voice in the Senate promoting equality and justice. The number of Minnesotans who have joined ‘LGBT & Allies for Al’ in the last 24 hours alone is a testament to the strong grassroots campaign he’s built and the momentum behind him heading into November,” said Knabel.
“When we needed Senator Franken’s help in defeating the proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage — he was there for the LGBT community. Now it’s our turn to be there for him so he can keep working hard and getting things done for Minnesota,” said Carlbom.
“Senator Franken is working hard in the Senate to help prevent bullying of LGBT kids. Every child should feel safe at school, and I’m proud that we have Senator Franken advocating on their behalf,” said Meyer.
Sen. Franken has long been a champion for the LGBT community. He was the first major statewide candidate in Minnesota to support marriage equality. In the Senate, he has been fighting to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and successfully called on the Obama Administration to lead by example and enact workplace protections for federal contractors until ENDA is signed into law.
Sen. Franken strongly supported legislation that overturned the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. He introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would help prevent bullying of LGBT kids, and joined the “It Gets Better Project” to help kids who experience bullying as a result of sexual orientation or gender identity.