Equality California endorses Hillary Clinton for President

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Equality California has become the first LGBT charity in the US to endorse Hillary Clinton for President, before she has even confirmed her candidacy.

The group – which claims to be the second largest LGBT organisation in the country – has thrown its weight behind the Democrat ahead of the 2016 election, despite the lack of declared candidates so far.

The group’s executive director Rick Zbur said: “We want Hillary Clinton to run and are ready to mobilize our 800,000 members to help her win.

“We’re enthusiastic about her candidacy because she has the best record of accomplishment on LGBT issues of any potential candidate. Equality California is ready for Hillary!”

“While serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made her support for the LGBT community abundantly clear when she said ‘gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.’

“Although she has yet to formally announce her candidacy, we unequivocally believe that she is not only the most qualified candidate, but also the best candidate to advance LGBT rights.

“With this unequivocal support of her presidential bid, EQCA decided to take the unusual step to extend an early endorsement of Sec Clinton to urge her to enter the presidential race.

“Along with our endorsement, we’re gearing up to fully support her candidacy for president by activating our members to mobilize around her campaign.”

The announcement comes more than 19 months before the election is meant to take place, in November 2016.

No serious candidates have so far formally declared that they will run for President – though novelty candidate Vermin Supreme, who is running under the banner “Riding our ponies into a zombie powered future”, is doubtless upset that he did not receive the endorsement.