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New progress for LGBT community with Democratic leadership
Record steps forward for equality with progressive values movement

by Damien LaVera
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rick Stafford, chair of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) LGBT Caucus, marked Pride Month by applauding the strong leadership of Democrats across America who have demonstrated the party’s commitment to equality for all Americans by working to end hate crimes, eliminate discrimination in the workplace and promote equality for all families.

Last year, as part of the Democratic Party’s 50 State Strategy, Democrats stood up for their values and asked people for their votes in every part of the country. As a result, Democrats now control both the House and Senate, won majorities in 10 new state legislatures around the country and control a majority of America’s governorships. At each of these levels, newly-elected Democratic leaders have made real progress toward promoting equal rights and protections under the law for all Americans.

Stafford issued the following statement:

“Democrats across America are putting our commitment to a more fair and just America into action. Last year, President [George W.] Bush marked Pride month by launch[ing] a divisive and discriminatory federal marriage amendment that targeted the LGBT community for political gain. But this year, Democrats up and down the ticket and all across the country are working to create an America that respects the rights and dignity of every American.

“All across our country — from Alabama to Arkansas, Iowa to Oregon, Massachusetts to Colorado — we see how the debate and legislative agenda has been positively changed for LGBT Americans. Democrats in state houses, governors’ mansions and in Congress are working to ensure a nation based on fairness and equality for all Americans. Together, their record shows that the best way to stand up for the LGBT community is to elect Democrats.”

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