The country’s first and only lesbian political action committee (LPAC) endorsed Hillary Clinton’s candidacy on Monday as Clinton tries to appeal to President Barack Obama’s coalition.
Clinton, like Obama, opposed gay marriage when she ran for president in 2008.
“Hillary’s campaign for president represents an historic opportunity for LGBTQ women of all ages and from all backgrounds to come together to elect a president who we know will stand with us,” said LPAC’s Executive Director Beth Shipp in a statement. “We are going to work tirelessly to ensure that in January of 2017, the first woman president will be taking the oath of office.”
The group has launched a “Lesbians 4 Hillary” site, which it says will be an “an online and grassroots effort for LGBTQ women and our allies to join together to support Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.”
Billie Jean King, who will chair the group’s “Lesbians 4 Hillary” effort, said “Clinton is a proven leader and she has a strong track record when it comes to inclusion — specifically for women and the LGBTQ community.”
“Her entire career has been a road map to get her to this moment and she has earned my respect and my vote to become the next President of the United States of America. I am honored to join LPAC and help lead our effort to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016,” she added.
LPAC noted that it was the first national LGBT organization to endorse Clinton’s campaign for the presidency.