Bernie Sanders’ campaign has slammed the largest LGBTI rights group in the United States over its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for the presidency.
Comprised of 32 community leaders from across the nation, the Human Rights Campaign board voted unanimously to endorse Clinton, it announced Tuesday (19 January).
‘It’s understandable and consistent with the establishment organizations voting for the establishment candidate, but it’s an endorsement that cannot possibly be based on the facts and the record,’ said Sanders campaign spokesperson Michael Briggs told The Washington Blade.
Briggs noted that Sanders was ‘somebody who’s been for gay rights long, long ago.’ As a senator, he voted against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 1993 and against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.
Sanders also supported civil unions in 2000.
Clinton, on the other hand, supported DOMA in her 2000 senate campaign and only came out in favor of gay marriage in 2013.
Sanders is ‘a pioneer on this early version of gay marriage, and has by far the most exemplary record on gay rights of any candidate ever in American history,’ Briggs continued.
‘So who knows what prompted the Human Rights Campaign to do what it does – I have trouble myself figuring why they do some of the things they do over the years – but I think the gay men and lesbians all over the country will know who has been their champion for a long, long time and will consider that as they make up their mind on support for his campaign.’