Pro-Equality Candidates

by the Human Rights Campaign

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These candidates stand out as key supporters of equality for LGBT Americans, each has demonstrated leadership on fair-minded policies, and will have a competitive race. Contributions made on this page go to the campaigns chosen, and not to HRC or its political action committee.

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  • Begich Mark Begich Democrat for US Senate (AK) Representing the vast and conservative “Last Frontier,” Sen. Mark Begich’s Alaskan values drive his support for equality for all Americans. Whether it’s equal marriage rights, ending "don't ask, don't tell" or supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Begich always sides with fairness. As Sarah Palin contemplates a run against Begich, 2010 GOP nominee Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell are already in the race. All have made their anti-LGBT views quite clear. Begich won in 2008 by less than 4000 votes, and will have a tough race again in 2014.
  • Wendy_davis_2014 Wendy Davis Democrat for TX Governor Most Americans first heard of Wendy Davis during her historic filibuster, but Texans know that she has always stood up for what is right. In the Texas Senate, Davis supports common sense laws such as the one in to ban workplace discrimination, but her likely Republican opponent, state Attorney General Greg Abbott, has opposed many pro-equality laws, including a hate crimes protection and the new nondiscrimination law in San Antonio. Davis can win this race for governor, but she needs funds to compete; please consider a contribution to this ally for equality.
  • Honda_campaign_headshot_square Mike Honda Democrat for US House (CA) Mike Honda always stands up against discrimination. Having spent his early childhood in an Japanese American internment camp, Honda says, “we must stand-up when it is difficult, we must be outspoken even if it isn’t politically expedient, and we must always fundamentally stand by our core values.” Honda has earned perfect 100% scores with HRC since his election, but faces a well-funded challenger in 2014. Please consider a contribution to this hero of civil rights.
  • Ifwt_senkay Kay Hagan Democrat for US Senate (NC) Senator Kay Hagan (D) won a close election in 2008 by ousting anti-equality Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) in North Carolina, and Hagan’s reelection in 2014 is likely to be very close as well. Hagan has consistently stood up for fairness and is one of the only Southern senators to support full marriage equality. She is also a cosponsor of the inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and voted for repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and the hate crimes law. Please support Sen. Hagan in this race that is certain to be very competitive.
  • Sean%20patrick%20maloney%202012 Sean Patrick Maloney Democrat for US House (NY) Sean Patrick Maloney made history in 2012 as the first openly LGBT person elected to represent the state of New York in the U.S. House. A former aide to President Clinton and two New York governors, Sean represents a swing district in the Hudson Valley, and fully supports equality for all. His likely opponent is former Rep. Nan Hayworth (R)--the incumbent he defeated in 2012—who flatly refuses to support marriage equality or the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. This will be a tough election in 2014—please help Sean with the resources he’ll need to win.
  • Michelle_nunn_2014 Michelle Nunn Democrat for US Senate (GA) Throughout her career, Michelle Nunn has worked to empower individuals and communities, most recently as the head of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer engagement. She's witnessed how individuals, through self-empowerment, are taking it upon themselves to lift up their communities and thinks Washington needs more of that kind of collaboration -- not finger pointing. On the Republican side, several candidates are looking to take her on this November, including three members of the U.S. House who have all consistently earned 0% on HRC’s scorecard. Help send a fair-minded voice to the Senate from Georgia; please make a contribution to the Nunn campaign.
  • Peters Gary Peters Democrat for US Senate (MI) Gary Peters came out for marriage equality in 2002, a decade before most members of the U.S. Senate. Peters’ message of fairness during his run for attorney general was controversial, but he lost by just 0.17% of the vote. A member of the U.S. House and running for Senate, Peters’ potential Republican opponents include a House member who has consistently scored 0% with HRC and a member of the RNC who voted for their anti-LGBT, anti-marriage equality platform. Michigan is a key swing state—please help Rep. Peters win this race that is certain to be close.
  • Sinema%202012 Kyrsten Sinema Democrat for US House (AZ) During her time in the Arizona legislature, Kyrsten Sinema fought vigorously for LGBT equality, and has continued these endeavors in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sinema, who is openly LGBT, bravely led the fight to block measures banning marriage equality in the Arizona Constitution, and in 2006, that campaign was the first to successfully beat such a proposal at the ballot box. She pushed for legislation granting statewide domestic partnership benefits and helped to defeat Governor Jan Brewer’s attempt to take away these benefits for state employees. Sinema is a fresh face in Congress with the enthusiasm, determination, and expertise to advance LGBT equality. She’s also representing a swing District and will face a tough reelection in 2014--please make a contribution to her campaign today.
  • Mark_udall Mark Udall Democrat for US Senate (CO) Colorado Senator Mark Udall has been a strong ally of the LGBT community in the Senate. He was a cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and a leader in the successful fight to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," law. Udall knows that gay or straight, couples want to get married for the same reasons — to make lifetime commitments to love and care for each other. He believes that our laws should not discriminate against any couple who wishes to make those commitments, regardless of whom they love. His likely opponent, Congressman Cory Gardner, wants to take Colorado backwards. Unlike Udall, Gardner opposed gay marriage, opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," and has earned a 0% on HRC’s scorecard. Gardner was a supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act, and even voted against allowing same-sex couples to jointly adopt children.
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