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Over 300 LGBT leaders endorse Biden for president : 'The most pro-equality ticket in US history'

Over 300 LGBT leaders endorse Biden for president : 'The most pro-equality ticket in US history'
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More than 300 LGBT leaders threw their support behind Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE for president Thursday, stating that the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOddsmakers say Harris, not Biden, most likely to win 2024 nomination, election Passing the Clean School Bus Act can help protect our children's health and our planet The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal after pushback MORE (D-Calif.), together make "the most pro-equality ticket in American history." 

In an op-ed published by USA Today, the LGBT leaders argued that Biden's career is, "as American as it gets," and touted his record with regard to LGBT issues such as marriage equality. 

"He is a leader who has stood with the LGBTQ+ community for decades, offering compassion in our moments of uncertainty and policies to move us forward," they wrote.

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"As a senator, vice president, and private citizen, Biden worked tirelessly to advance LGBTQ+ equality. From the repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' to his historic declaration in support of marriage equality on NBC's 'Meet the Press' in 2012, Biden has proven that he will listen to LGBTQ+ people when it counts," the leaders continued.

In 2012, Biden came out in support of marriage equality on "Meet The Press," stating that he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriages. The statement was notable as Biden became the highest office-holder in the country to come out in support of marriage equality, according to The New York Times.

Later while Biden was still vice president, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of universal marriage equality in the U.S. 

The op-ed continued to state that another four years of President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE would be "untenable," adding that during the first four years of the Trump-Pence administration, there have been "consistent attacks" on the "rights, healthcare and livelihoods" of LGBT people. 

Earlier this year, the Trump administration rolled back protections for LGBT Americans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), scrapping the law's nondiscrimination protections for sex and gender identity. 

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In 2017, Trump also issued a transgender military ban, requiring trans individuals who serve in the military to serve under the gender they were assigned at birth. 

The op-ed in the newspaper was signed by prominent LGBT lawmakers and advocates including Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineHouse committee approves Big Tech antitrust blueprint House lawmakers fired up for hearing with tech CEOs Democratic lawmakers propose B hike for State MORE (D-R.I.), Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinDemocratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Mary Trump joining group that supports LGBTQ+ female candidates Johnson says leaving office after 2022 'probably my preference now' MORE (D-Wis.), Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisMLB All-Star Game officially moved to Denver Colorado governor extends state mask mandate by 1 month New York to expand vaccine eligibility to all on April 6 MORE (D), and Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso Baldwin, among others. 

The leaders concluded by stating that under a Biden-Harris administration, there would be hope for the LGBT community. 

"In Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, our path forward can be one of hope and progress again," they wrote. 

The endorsement comes just hours before Trump is set to accept the nomination for a second time as the GOP nominee at the Republican National Convention. Over the course of three days, speakers at the event have sought to paint a softer portrait of Trump, portraying him as an advocate for women, people of color and other marginalized communities.