HRC endorses lesbian Quinn for mayor in New York

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Christine Quinn is running for mayor in New York.

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group has endorsed openly lesbian candidate Christine Quinn in her campaign to become mayor of the nation's largest city.

Quinn currently is the speaker of the New York City Council.

The Human Rights Campaign endorsed Quinn on Feb. 1, as news circulated of the death of former Mayor Ed Koch at 88.

HRC noted Quinn's work in the fight for marriage equality and "also fought to end bias-motivated violence against LGBT New Yorkers and worked hard to secure and protect funding for HIV/AIDS services in New York City."

Quinn welcomed the endorsement. "Whether its keeping neighborhood firehouses open or teachers in the classroom, balancing budgets or protecting our taxpayers, or ensuring that all New Yorkers, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation are treated equally, my number one priority has been – and always will be – the people of New York," she said. "I am so very honored that the Human Rights Campaign is backing my candidacy and I look forward to their partnership over the coming months."

She would succeed Michael Bloomberg, who also has championed marriage equality.