LGBT Equality Champion Attorney General Holder Announces Resignation

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 25, 2014 — The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced his resignation as the head of the Department of Justice. In response, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released the following statement:

“As the U.S. Attorney General, Mr. Holder’s track record on LGBT equality is second to none. Mr. Holder’s career as the head of the justice department will go down in the history books not only because he served as the first African-American Attorney General, but because of his effective, compassionate, and hands-on leadership.

“Mr. Holder has been a true champion for racial justice and LGBT equality. From lending his support to the community of Ferguson, Missouri, to refusing to defend the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ — a bold step that set the stage for the Supreme Court to declare that discriminatory law unconstitutional, to swiftly working to implement the Court’s ruling by expanding federal recognition of same-sex relationships, to requiring LGBT cultural competency trainings within the justice department, our community has seen profound advances in equality for all during his tenure.

“We thank him for his exceptional leadership and look forward to continuing our work with the Justice Department to secure basic rights, justice, and equality for all.”

—Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


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