Obama stumps for LGBTQ ally Stacey Abrams in Atlanta

Former President Barack Obama vouched for LGBTQ ally Stacey Abrams at a rally in Atlanta, calling her the “most experienced, most qualified” candidate for Georgia governor.

The rally Friday at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena drew thousands as the campaign entered its final days. 

Abrams reiterated her opposition to anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” bills, saying, “I want you to hear me clearly: As a woman of faith, I will never legalize discrimination in Georgia.”

Other speakers included U.S. Rep. John Lewis; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; Carolyn Bourdeaux, 6th Congressional District candidate; Lucy McBath, 7th Congressional District candidate; Georgia Democratic Chair Dubose Porter, who was flanked onstage by candidates running for statewide office; Sarah Riggs Amico, the candidate for lieutenant governor who was joined onstage by Georgia House candidates including gay attorney Matthew Wilson and former state Rep. Sally Harrell; and Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

Among those spotted in the crowd were Andrew Young, former United Nations ambassador; bisexual state Rep. Renitta Shannon; Jon Ossoff, former 6th Congressional District candidate; and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson.

Obama's was one of several high profile appearances in Georgia in the last week of the campaign. Oprah Winfrey held two townhall conversations with Abrams in metro Atlanta on Thursday. President Donald Trump held a rally for Brian Kemp in Macon on Sunday.

Vice President Mike Pence held three rallies for Kemp on Friday. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter kicked two transgender people out of the Pence rally in Savannah.

Election Day is Nov. 6.