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HRC Announces Endorsement of Suzanne Bonamici for Congress

December 12, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2011
Paul Guequierre | paul.guequierre@hrc.org | Phone: 202-423-2860

WASHINGTON – Today the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – announced the endorsement of Oregon state Senator Suzanne Bonamici running in a special election for the U.S. House in Oregon’s 1st district. Bonamici has an exceptional legislative record on LGBT equality in contrast to her Republican opponent, businessman Rob Cornilles who opposes equal rights for LGBT citizens.

“Washington desperately needs Suzanne Bonamici’s leadership,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “During her tenure in the Oregon state Senate, she has shown commitment, compassion, and equal treatment under the law for all of her constituents. She will take that commitment to the halls of the U.S. Congress.”

“I have been and will continue to be an open and strong supporter of LGBT equal rights, and I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign,” said state Senator Suzanne Bonamici. “HRC is on the front lines of the fight for a just and fair society and I look forward to working together to end discrimination of any kind against our LGBT family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors.”
Bonamici is a strong supporter of LGBT equality. She has been endorsed by Basic Rights Oregon in each of her past races, voted for anti-discrimination measures, hate crimes prevention, and the state’s domestic partnership law and supports civil marriage for all committed couples.

“It is an important time in the fight for equality. More than ever, we need fair-minded lawmakers to stand up for our community. Suzanne Bonamici has the energy and courage to fight for us as a Member of Congress,” added Solmonese.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


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