Washington, DC - Today, the National Stonewall Democrats released the following statement on the endorsement of Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin by the Log Cabin Republicans:
"Stonewall Democrats continues to work with our allies across the aisle on areas where we can mutually advance equality, but we cannot more strongly disagree with supporting Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin. John McCain and Sarah Palin continue to push a radical, anti-equality agenda at the request of the special interests which control their campaign and the Republican Party. The McCain/Palin ticket opposes adoption by same-sex couples, supports constitutional discrimination regarding the freedom to marry, supports legal discrimination in the workplace based on gender identity and sexual orientation, opposes comprehensive hate crimes legislation and is willing to jeapordize our national security by barring qualified servicemembers simply based on their sexual orientation alone."
"The McCain/Palin team is an aggressively anti-equality ticket. That is one reason why Republicans and Independents continue to add their support to the campaign of Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Stonewall Democrats across the country continue to log thousands of hours making phone calls, visiting neighbors and registering new voters on behalf of Senator Obama and the Democratic ticket. We know the stark contrast between the strong leadership of Senator Obama and the anti-equality record that John McCain and Sarah Palin continue to build. If we are to enact significant pro-equality legislation at the federal level, we must continue our work electing Barack Obama as our next President." - Jon Hoadley, Executive Director
Stonewall Democrats has provided an accounting of the McCain/Palin record at: www.stonewalldemocrats.org/mccainpalin
Senator Barack Obama has championed many issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community both in Congress and on the campaign trail. The Senator has vocally advocated for a fully-inclusive Employee Non-Discrimination Act, equitable benefits for the partners of federal employees, increased HIV/AIDS funding, the passage of hate crimes legislation, the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. In striking contrast with his Republican opponent, Senator Obama has clearly opposed anti-marriage ballot initiatives in Arizona, California and Florida. During the nomination season, Senator Obama, and his campaign, routinely engaged members of the Stonewall Democrats. The endorsement of Stonewall Democrats will allow the only national organization of LGBT and allied Democrats to continue to engage and educate the Obama campaign on issues of equality, such as the freedom to marry, while motivating its membership on behalf of the endorsed candidate.
Stonewall Democrats has endorsed the Obama/Biden ticket and continue their work to elect more pro-equality Democrats and to improve the Democratic Party on issues of equality. For over two years, Stonewall Democrats used its grassroots network to help shape the Democratic field into the most accountable and tested group of candidates in the history of the Democratic Party. From the living rooms of New Hampshire to the greens of historically Black college campuses, Stonewall Democrats organized its members to meet with candidates to discuss issues that are crucial to LGBT Americans. This included national trainings in the early-voting states of New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and Stonewall Democrats town hall events with Democratic presidential campaigns in states like Ohio and Texas. Stonewall Democrats will now use the network of advocates it built upon during the nomination season to organize support for Senator Obama and the Democratic ticket.
National Stonewall Democrats is the national voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied Democrats, with more than 90 local chapters across the nation. Stonewall Democrats works to elect more pro-equality Democrats regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity - and to improve the Democratic Party on issues important to LGBT Democrats.