LEESBURG, VA — Today, the Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) announced its endorsement of Attorney General Mark Herring for re-election. The Human Rights Campaign’s support for pro-equality candidates up and down the ticket makes clear a commitment to mobilize Virginia’s 1.2 million Equality Voters and elect leaders who will fight for LGBTQ+ Virginians.
“All Virginians deserve leaders who will fight for their rights to achieve health and success regardless of who they are or who they love. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse incredible champions who have spent their careers delivering on that promise of equality,” said Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Policy & Political Affairs, JoDee Winterhof. “Attorney General Mark Herring has been a forceful champion for fairness and equality under the law. From fighting the discriminatory ban on marriage equality to protecting LGBTQ+ youth in public schools, to ensuring all Virginians can live and work free from harm and discrimination, Mark Herring is a results-driven fighter focused on the Commonwealth’s continued safety, security, and prosperity.”
Attorney General Mark Herring is a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ issues. Herring was the first state attorney general to successfully argue that his state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples should be struck down as unconstitutional. In 2017 he joined eighteen other state attorneys general in calling on Congress to block President Trump’s ban on transgender service members in the military. In 2021 Herring announced he’s creating an Office of Civil Rights dedicated to investigating allegations of discrimination in policing, housing and employment. Herring tied the reorganization to the passage of a handful of bills passed by new pro-equality majorities in the General Assembly including bills banning LGBTQ and gender-based discrimination.
“I am so grateful for the support of the Human Rights Campaign,” said Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. “In my eight years as Attorney General, I have taken on and won big fights in the court to make our Commonwealth a truly equal one, including a landmark case for marriage equality. I am committed to continuing that fight every single day to make sure that LGBTQ+ families and individuals in Virginia and all across the nation have the freedom to live their lives freely and with equality under the law.”