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Buttigieg lands LGBTQ group's endorsement

Buttigieg lands LGBTQ group's endorsement
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican MORE has picked up the endorsement of Equality California, one of the country's largest LGBTQ advocacy groups, and its Nevada sister organization, which could prove important in the primaries.

The former South Bend, Ind., mayor is the only openly gay candidate in the Democratic primary race, but the endorsement wasn't a guarantee, as an Equality California panel also considered Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAdams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll Exclusive: Democrat exploring 'patriot tax' on multimillionaires' wealth McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (D-Mass.) and billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerTop 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study California Democrats weigh their recall options Why we should be leery of companies entering political fray MORE, who's from California. Each candidate in the race had the chance to fill out a survey for the committee.

But, Equality California’s executive director, Rick Zbur, told The Associated Press that it was ultimately "an easy decision."

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According to the group, Buttigieg impressed the endorsement committee with his in-depth policies for protecting LGBTQ youth in schools and stopping the HIV epidemic by 2030.

"My campaign is based around a shared future of belonging for all Americans, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Buttigieg said in an emailed statement to the wire service.

President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE’s attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, especially our trans members, have shown us that the fight for equal rights did not end with marriage equality. I will be the President to continue that fight for equality,” he continued.