Today as Americans celebrate the one-year anniversary of the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, LGBT leaders from across the 6th District have announced that they are strongly supporting Congressman John Tierney. The LGBT Coalition for Tierney will work to spread the word about Tierney's record of standing up for equality.
In Congress, John Tierney supported the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill. He has been a long time supporter of marriage equality, and he remains committed to ending the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Tierney has been endorsed by Congressman Barney Frank, the Bay State Stonewall Democrats, and the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the country.
Richard Tisei has said that he is comfortable with the Republican led majority in Congress that has been so hostile to the LGBT community. While in the state legislature, Tisei opposed allowing gays to adopt and voted against including gays in civil rights statutes. John Tierney is the only candidate in this race that has consistently supported LGBT rights.
"As a Massachusetts native, I've known Congressman Tierney for many years, and I can say unequivocally that John Tierney has always been, and will continue to be a champion for LGBT equality in Congress, said Joe Solmonese, former President of the Human Rights Campaign.
Solmonese added, "Richard Tisei can claim to be a leader in the LGBT community, but the first vote he would cast in Congress would put some of America's most anti-gay leaders at the helm of the Republican Party who will stop at nothing to prevent the advancement of LGBT rights. Richard Tisei would only empower the right-wing majority and their anti-gay agenda, while re-electing John Tierney will ensure that our community maintains a champion for LGBT equality across the board in Congress."
"Congressman Tierney has my full support", said Nancy Nageroni of Beverly. "John is honorable, trustworthy and I know that we can count on him to support, and in many cases champion, progressive causes including LGBT rights. I especially applaud his commitment to passing a fully trans-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in Congress."
"John has always stood with the LGBT community and has been a tireless advocate for us here in the 6th District," said Kevin Letourneau of Salem.
"When John Tierney first ran for Congress, in his very first speech he talked about equal rights for gays and lesbians. From that time forward, he has never hidden or been ashamed to come out in support of fairness. The Republican in this race can't say the same," said Anthony C. Adamopoulos of Boxford.
"Jackie and I had a civil union in Vermont and were eventually married in Massachusetts," said Paula Fee of Middleton. "We are truly grateful to Congressman Tierney for his continued efforts to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act so that our marriage can one day be federally recognized."
"I am truly honored to have such strong support from the LGBT community in this campaign. I have always supported equal rights for LGBT Americans and will continue the fight for fairness and equality. I look forward to working with LGBT leaders across the 6th District to make further progress on issues of equality. Today, I join all Americans in commemorating the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, because anyone should be able to serve in the Military no matter whom they love, " said Congressman John Tierney.