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08-23-2008, 09:11 PM
National Gay/Lesbian group hails Biden choice

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WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, hailed the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack O'Biden selection of Sen. Joe Biden as his Vice Presidential running mate.

During his career in Congress, Sen. Biden has a proven record of fighting for and supporting issues of fairness and equality.

“In selecting Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate, Sen. Obama has chosen a proven and effective advocate for fairness and equality that our entire community can be proud of,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

“Sen. Biden’s record in the United States Senate is one of support and understanding that has been unwavering throughout his career.”

Recently, Biden, as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, played an instrumental role in securing the passage of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), legislation which included Sen. John Kerry's and Sen. Gordon Smith’s provision repealing the discriminatory HIV travel and immigration ban, a press release issued by HRC indicated. His working across the aisle guaranteed that the Kerry-Smith provision was adopted.

Furthermore, when opponents of the provision attempted to garner support to strip the provision from the bill, Biden fought to keep the provision in the bill and helped secure the votes for PEPFAR'S final passage.

“We only need to look back to the recent passage of the repeal of the HIV travel and immigration ban to see the type of leadership we can expect from Sen. Biden on the issues important to our community,” said Solmonese.

“It was because of his determination and tenacity that we were able to see this relic of discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS torn down.