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HRC Endorses Deborah Ross of North Carolina for U.S. Senate

Today HRC announced its endorsement of Deborah Ross for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Richard Burr.

“We’ve seen first-hand in North Carolina this year how important it is to elect candidates who are willing to stand up and fight for LGBTQ equality,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “Richard Burr believes in a world where LGBTQ people are left at risk for being fired because of who they are or whom they love. Even worse, six months after HB2 has become an economic disaster for North Carolina, Burr still won’t support a full repeal of HB2. Deborah Ross will advocate for the Equality Act in the U.S. Senate and help move us closer to full federal equality.”

The nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute found strong support for LGBTQ equality in North Carolina. A majority — 64 percent — of North Carolinians support LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.

As a candidate, Deborah Ross has spoken out and called for the repeal of the vile and dangerous HB2. Meanwhile, Senator Burr has repeatedly opposed LGBTQ equality during his time in office. He has refused to support the Equality Act, comprehensive legislation to protect LGBT people from discrimination. In addition, he voted against the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, and hate crimes protections.

HRC has endorsed pro-equality candidates up and down the ticket this year in North Carolina, including Roy Cooper for Governor and candidates for the General Assembly.

Paid for by the Human Rights Campaign PAC and authorized by Deborah Ross for Senate.