Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene endorsed by leading LGBT advocacy organizations

Washington voters in the 8th Congressional District have a golden opportunity this fall to replace the anti-LGBT incumbent U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (R) with the highly-qualified, pro-equality challenger Suzan DelBene.  Suzan DelBene, a champion of civil rights for all Washingtonians, has pledged “In Congress, I will work to ensure equal rights for all Americans at work, home and in their communities”.

The incumbent Reichert has voted for the federal marriage amendment and against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Reichert is out of step with the people of CD-8; last year 53.8% of the CD-8 electorate demonstrated their respect for their LGBT neighbors by ratifying Washington’s comprehensive domestic partnership expansion law via Referendum 71.

Suzan DelBene, like the fair-minded majority in her district, has taken strong pro-choice and pro-equality positions.  On her campaign website she clearly states:

Protecting choice for women:

I firmly believe that medical decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, and not by politicians.

Ensuring civil rights:

Every one of us has equal rights under the law.  It’s that simple.  Therefore, we need to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.  I support government-sanctioned civil marriage and believe that churches can decide for themselves whether to recognize same sex couples.

Suzan DelBene has been endorsed by Equal Rights Washington, Stonewall Democrats of Washington and Human Rights Campaign.

“I’m honored to have the support of these organizations,” said DelBene. “I don’t believe the government should be in the business of discrimination, and I will work to ensure equal rights for all Americans at work, home and in their communities.”  

The DelBene campaign’s press release announcing these endorsements is below the fold.  Here’s what ERW’s Executive Director Josh Friedes had to say:

Equal Rights Washington, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, is delighted that our first ever endorsement in a United States Congressional race is Suzan DelBene. Suzan exemplifies the commitment to civil rights that we know typifies the voters of Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Congressman Reichert’s vote against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is unacceptable and out of step with the people he represents. The people of the 8th Congressional District have long treated their LGBT family members, neighbors and co-workers with dignity and respect. The 8th Congressional District deserves a representative who will work to ensure that the civil rights of all Washingtonians are respected. DelBene, not Reichert, represents the values of the 8th Congressional District.

Suzan DelBene has also been endorsed by Governor Chris Gregoir, the Seattle Times, The News Tribune, a solid list of other press, labor, health and democratic and organizations and legislators.

Please join Suzan DelBene on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.  And of course if you live in CD-8, please cast your ballot for Suzan DelBene for U.S. Representative.
Press release from the Suzan DelBene campaign announcing endorsements by LGBT advocacy organizations.

For Immediate Release

August 12, 2010

Scott Whiteaker, 206-303-9716

Suzan DelBene endorsed by leading LGBT advocacy organizations

(Renton, Wash.) – Today Suzan DelBene’s campaign for Congress is announcing three major endorsements from leading LGBT advocacy organizations – the Human Rights Campaign, Washington Stonewall Democrats and Equal Rights Washington.

The contrast between DelBene and her opponent, incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert, could not be clearer when it comes to fighting for the rights of LGBT individuals and families. Reichert voted against the amendment to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization with more than 750,000 members and supporters.

“Suzan DelBene understands the importance of equality for all Americans, including those in the LGBT community” said Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “The fight to give all Americans equal rights is far from over, and representatives like Suzan will help lead that fight in Congress.”

Equal Rights Washington Executive Director Josh Friedes had this to say:

“Equal Rights Washington, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, is delighted that our first ever endorsement in a United States Congressional race is Suzan DelBene. Suzan exemplifies the commitment to civil rights that we know typifies the voters of Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Congressman Reichert’s vote against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is unacceptable and out of step with the people he represents. The people of the 8th Congressional District have long treated their LGBT family members, neighbors and co-workers with dignity and respect. The 8th Congressional District deserves a representative who will work to ensure that the civil rights of all Washingtonians are respected. DelBene, not Reichert, represents the values of the 8th Congressional District.”

“As the voice of the LGBT community within the Washington Democrats, we’re going to do all we can to help Suzan win the 8th Congressional District,” said George Pieper of the Washington Stonewall Democrats. “Suzan strongly supports the rights of LGBT individuals and families and our members are going to work tirelessly so she can represent us in the other Washington.”

“I’m honored to have the support of these organizations,” said DelBene. “I don’t believe the government should be in the business of discrimination, and I will work to ensure equal rights for all Americans at work, home and in their communities.”

Cross-posted at Washblog.
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