Today, HRC announced its endorsement of Linda Coleman for the office of North Carolina Lieutenant Governor. Dan Forrest currently holds the office. HRC also endorsed Josh Stein for the office of North Carolina Attorney General, which is being vacated by Roy Cooper.
“Working with Roy Cooper as governor, Linda Coleman will help repair the damage inflicted on North Carolina and ensure everyone, including LGBTQ people, can live free from fear of discrimination,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “Linda Coleman is a leader who believes in fairness and equality, and HRC is proud to endorse her campaign.”
Coleman’s opponent. Dan Forrest, has been one of Pat McCrory’s biggest defenders on HB2, launching vile smears to defend the dangerous law. Forest ludicrously claimed that HB2 was an “anti-discrimination law,” even though it writes discrimination into state law and prevents local communities from passing their own non-discrimination ordinances.
“Josh Stein understands that everyone, including LGBTQ people, should be able to live free from fear of discrimination,” said Winterhof. “The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Josh Stein, who understands that LGBTQ people deserve equal treatment under the law, nothing more, and nothing less.”
Stein’s opponent, Buck Newton, has been an outspoken defender of the vile and dangerous HB2. While defending the law in April, Newton notoriously told a crowd, “Go home, tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight.”
With a population that exceeds the margin of victory in recent presidential elections, the LGBTQ vote has the power to play a pivotal role in the outcome of elections in North Carolina this year.