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Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary

Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary

The Human Rights Campaign rolled out its latest House and Senate endorsements on Monday in a list released exclusively to The Hill, marking the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Equality Act in the House.

"These are candidates who have supported the Equality Act or will support the Equality Act," the group's president, Alphonso David, told The Hill. "Here, it's very important for us to send a loud and a clear message that the Equality Act is critical for us to pass next year, and we need to make sure that we have a Congress and Senate to make sure we get it passed." 

In the Senate, the group endorsed Kansas State Sen. Barbara Bollier (D) and former North Carolina State Sen. Cal Cunningham (D) in their U.S. Senate races, as well as incumbent Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial Schumer says Democrats will probe extremist groups after Capitol attack MORE (D-Ill.), Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSocial media posts, cellphone data aid law enforcement investigations into riots 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Confirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed MORE (D-Va.), and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenBipartisan group of senators: The election is over Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 How Congress dismissed women's empowerment MORE (D-N.H.). 

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Cunningham is challenging Sen. Tom Tillis (R-N.C.) in that state’s race, which the Cook Political Report — an independent, nonpartisan group — rates a “toss-up.”

Bollier is favored to win Kansas's Democratic primary and would take on the eventual winner of the GOP primary in what Cook rates as a “lean Republican” race.

In the House, the group has endorsed a number of Democratic lawmakers facing uphill reelection bids, including Reps. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerChamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win Iowa losses underscore Democrats' struggles with attracting rural voters Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE (Iowa) and Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamWe lost in November — we're proud we didn't take corporate PAC money Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win Coalition of 7 conservative House Republicans says they won't challenge election results MORE (S.C.), and Virginia Reps. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaChamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Luria holds onto Virginia House seat MORE and Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis Spanberger'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote MORE. The Cook Political Report rates all of those races as toss-ups.

The Human Rights Campaign has previously endorsed a number of other House and Senate candidates, as well as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. 

The group is homing in on a number of key battleground states, including Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Texas. 

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Additionally, the group plans to rally its 57 million "Equality Voters," or voters who prioritize LGBTQ+ issues at the ballot box, in a number of its identified swing states and districts. 

"We believe that these voters are the keys not only to this election but to the elections of the future," David said. 

The latest endorsements come one day after the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Equality Act in the House, which has yet to pass through the Senate.

The legislation would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, jury selection or public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBoebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Urgency mounts for new voting rights bill Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster MORE (R-Ky.) has yet to hold a vote on the legislation, despite calls from Democratic leaders for him to do so.

The bill would likely face opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate due to conservative concerns about infringement of religious liberty.

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