U.S. Senator Boxer Praised for LGBTQ Equality Record Following Retirement Announcement
WASHINGTON, DC, January 8, 2015 —Today, United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) announced she would not be seeking re-election in 2016.
“The National LGBTQ Task Force joins LGBTQ advocates across the country in thanking U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer for building a lasting legacy of fairness, justice, and equality. Senator Boxer fought long and hard to advance LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, reproductive justice, environmental protections, and to secure good paying U.S.-based jobs.
“Senator Boxer’s shoes will be tough to fill due to her exceptional track record to secure equality for all: from leading the fight against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ to pushing to get Professor Anita Hill a hearing in the Senate during the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, to standing up against California’s anti-marriage equality law Proposition 8, to the more recent passage of the HOPE Act to lift the ban on organ donations from HIV positive donors.”
–Stacey Long Simmons, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, National LGBTQ Task Force.
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