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Human Rights Campaign endorses Biden on anniversary of his support for same-sex marriage

Posted May 6, 2020 9:16 a.m. EDT

— The Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality in the United States, is endorsing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president.

"Vice President Joe Biden is the leader our community and our country need at this moment," HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement. "His dedication to advancing LGBTQ equality, even when it was unpopular to do so, has pushed our country and our movement forward."

The endorsement comes on the eighth anniversary of then-Vice President Biden's endorsement of same-sex marriage in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press," an announcement that, at the time, caused considerable angst among aides to President Barack Obama, who had not yet supported same-sex marriage.

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"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women ... are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction," Biden said at the time.

The Human Rights Campaign did not endorse a candidate in the primary, unlike in 2016, when the organization threw its support behind Hillary Clinton in January of that year.

Biden is scheduled to hold an event in conjunction with the HRC later Wednesday evening.

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