Nation’s largest LGBT group endorses Wendy Davis in Texas

Wisconsin Gazette

The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group this week announced its endorsement of Democrat Wendy Davis in the race for governor in Texas.

The Human Rights Campaign said Davis has a stellar record on LGBT equality and has a history of putting Texas’ families first. Davis has served as senator from Texas’ 10th Senate district since 2009.

“Wendy Davis has been a champion for equality for all, whether it is the working poor or LGBT Texans,” said HRC president Chad Griffin in a news release. “Her dedication to the underdog and commitment to fairness for all Texas families make her the right choice for governor.”

The statement said Davis has authored and sponsored legislation that would prohibit employment discrimination in Texas and protect LGBT students from bullying.

Meanwhile, her likely opponent in the general election, current Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot, has a history of taking anti-equality positions. Last year, Abbott argued that Texas cities offering domestic partner benefits to their workers are violating the state Constitution. He also was a vocal opponent of the San Antonio ordinance that protects LGBT people from discrimination in city employment, housing and public accommodations

“Wendy Davis’ energy and courage are needed in Austin,” said Julie Johnson, a Texas attorney and HRC board member emeritus. “I’m proud to be one of the tens of thousands of HRC members in Texas, and I know that Wendy will fight for all our families when elected. Wendy has proven herself an effective leader — and that’s exactly what the people of Texas need.”