Stacey Abrams endorsed by Georgia Stonewall Democrats

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Stacey Abrams scooped up another statewide LGBTQ organization’s endorsement on Friday, picking up the support of Georgia Stonewall Democrats.

The latest LGBTQ backing comes after Georgia Equality endorsed the former House Minority Leader last month, calling her “exceptionally strong on LGBTQ issues.”

“I am thrilled to have earned the endorsement of Georgia’s Stonewall Democrats, and I am proud of my record as a strong ally of the LGBTQ community,” Abrams said in a prepared statement. “I am running for governor to ensure that every Georgian has the freedom and opportunity to thrive, and will work closely with the LGBTQ community to achieve that vision.”

The Abrams endorsement is part of a slew of picks the group has made this year.

Abrams faces fellow Democrat and attorney Stacey Evans in the May 22 primary. Both candidates are former state lawmakers with records of supporting LGBTQ equality issues and fighting against anti-gay legislation.

In February, Abrams blasted the Georgia Senate for passing a bill that would allow faith-based agencies receiving public funds to ban LGBT people from adopting children or becoming foster parents. She called the measure “bigoted” and said it “justifies discrimination by using religion as an excuse.”

Abrams met with LGBTQ elected officials, activists and influencers in January to discuss equality issues and pitch her campaign for governor. She also talked tough on fighting anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” legislation, combatting HIV and battling discrimination as governor.

Evans met with LGBTQ supporters at her campaign headquarters last month, pledging to fight for LGBTQ equality and to “always be there for you.”

Abrams and Evans were the first major party candidates to participate in the Pride parade last October, and they both attended last week's HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner & Auction.

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