Two organizations announced their endorsements today in the presidential primary. The Montgomery County Democracy For America group endorsed Barack Obama and Liberty PA endorsed Hillary Clinton. Here are their statements:
Philadelphia, PA – The Liberty City Democratic Club, a key LGBT political group in Pennsylvania, overwhelmingly endorsed Hillary Clinton for President with two-thirds of the members voting for her.
This club’s endorsement further demonstrates Hillary Clinton’s strong support in the LGBT community. The Liberty City endorsement follows a string of endorsements from grassroots LGBT groups like the Steel City Democrats, the Houston Stonewall Democrats, Dallas Stonewall Democrats, and 27 of the 39 members of Board the National Stonewall Democrats.
“We are proud to endorse Senator Hillary Clinton in this important primary cycle,” said Matthew Woodcock, Endorsement Chair of the Liberty City Democratic Club. "Her record of accomplishment is proof positive that she'll be a fighter for the LGBT community in the White House and that's what we need. We need her experience working for us."
Hillary has been a longtime ally of the LGBT community. She fought against the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) both times and has worked on legislation that would promote equality for LGBT Americans. As President, Hillary will work to ensure that gay and lesbian couples in committed relationships have the same legal rights and responsibilities as all Americans. She will also work to end discrimination in adoption laws, sign hate crimes legislation and ENDA into law, and put an end to the failed policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
“I am honored to receive the support of the Liberty Democratic Club,” said Clinton. “LGBT Americans have been a part of this campaign from the start and I look forward to working with members of the Liberty Democratic Club to ensure that their voices are heard in this important Pennsylvania primary. We need to end the divisive politics of the current administration. As President, I will do just that and will continue fighting for equality for all Americans."
Montgomery County Democracy for America (MontcoDFA) is pleased and proud to announce our endorsement ofto be the 2008 Democratic nominee for election to the office of President of the United States. We will immediately begin to mobilize our membership on behalf of in his effort to win the Democratic primary on April 22.
Kevin Shaw, Chairman of MontcoDFA, issued the following statement:
“’s candidacy represents the promise of the dramatic institutional and social change that is necessary to begin to heal the divisions and defeat the cynicism that the politics and policies of the recent past have engendered and encouraged in the American people.
“represents not just new leadership, but a new kind of leadership, based on community, shared purpose, and shared contribution -- qualities that will be essential to re-establishing the values upon which this country was founded: Justice, Opportunity, and Liberty, among others.
“The presidency ofhas been disastrous for America’s economy, lo! ng term security, and vitality as a nation. But we view the current administration as the culmination of many years of politics that have concentrated power in the hands of the few at the expense of the vast majority of Americans. These politics have sought to divide us, and to pit one American against another in a desperate race for a slice of a pie that continues to shrink due to economic and social policies; policies that funnel more and more of our nation’s wealth to a small, select group at the top, while disenfranchising millions of American families struggling to succeed.
“MontcoDFA therefore invites all citizens ofinterested in ending the occupation of , restoring faith in the American dream of financial security for our families, providing a world class education to all of our children, and restoring America’s leadership in the world community, to join us in our support of .”
Democracy for America is a local, independent affiliate of Democracy for America, begun in 2004 by to identify and support political candidates for all levels of elected office that share our values of promoting social progress, making government fiscally responsible, and inviting citizens to participate in the political process.