HRC endorses Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor

The Human Rights Campaign on Friday endorsed former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams for governor.

Abrams beat former state Rep. Stacey Evans in last month’s Democratic primary and will face the winner of the July 24 Republican primary runoff in the fall.

“HRC is proud to endorse Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a prepared statement. “Leader Abrams has been a tireless ally for LGBTQ Georgians in the state legislature, and she will be a vital voice for the LGBTQ community and all Georgians in the governor’s mansion. After a legislative session that featured threats of anti-LGBTQ legislation, it is more important than ever to have a pro-equality governor who will stand up to legislative extremists and protect all Georgians equally.”

Abrams warmly accepted the group’s endorsement, saying, “I am proud to be a longtime ally of the LGBTQ community in Georgia and to have fought against dangerous legislation that enshrines discrimination in to law and threatens our state's economic potential.

“As governor, I will work alongside HRC to end workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, stop RFRA, and make sure economic opportunity is available to every Georgia family. I am honored to have the Human Rights Campaign's support as we build a state where every family can live with dignity, respect, and have the freedom and opportunity to thrive,” she added.

Abrams nabbed the endorsements of both Georgia Equality and Georgia Stonewall Democrats during the primary election.

In May, Abrams attended HRC's annual Atlanta gala. She is scheduled to attend Georgia Equality’s 14th Annual Evening for Equality awards on Saturday.