More than 300 LGBT leaders threw their support behind Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE for president Thursday, stating that the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris 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 TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal 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 CicillineHillicon Valley —Apple is not a monopoly, judge rules Judge rules Apple is not 'illegal monopolist' in high-profile Epic case Democrats' Jan. 6 subpoena-palooza sets dangerous precedent MORE (D-R.I.), Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack This week: Democrats kick off chaotic fall with Biden's agenda at stake Bottom line MORE (D-Wis.), Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisColorado Gov. Jared Polis makes history marrying long-time partner Marlon Reis Biden expresses confidence on climate in renewable energy visit Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees 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.