More than 300 LGBT leaders threw their support behind Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMarcus Garvey's descendants call for Biden to pardon civil rights leader posthumously GOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors MORE for president Thursday, stating that the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJoe Manchin should embrace paid leave — now The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends disappointing jobs report Harris's office undergoes difficult reset 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.
"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 TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't 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.
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 CicillineDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal House votes to censure Gosar and boot him from committees House to vote Wednesday to censure Gosar, remove him from committees MORE (D-R.I.), Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinWisconsinites need infrastructure that is built to last Wisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attack 'for their own political purposes' Senate Democrats call on Biden to push for COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers at WTO MORE (D-Wis.), Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisSunday shows preview: Multiple states detect cases of the omicron variant Colorado loosens restrictions on antibody treatment, holds off on mask mandate Lobbying world 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.