It's official: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) now has the support of both openly gay Members of Congress. Clinton's campaign announced yesterday that Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) has joined Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in supporting Hillary's bid for the White House. Frank, who is Chairman of the House Financial Services Commitee, will also serve as an economic adviser to the campaign.
"Frank specifically hailed Clinton's support for gay and lesbian rights in announcing his decision," The Nation reports. The Massachusetts Congressman told reporters that he is "convinced that Hillary Clinton is the candidate best equipped to pass laws that will treat all Americans with dignity, fairness and equality no matter who they are or who they love."
Baldwin endorsed Clinton earlier this year, and called the Senator from New York "strong and vocal" in her support of ending employment discrimination. Baldwin, who introduced Senator Clinton at an LGBT fundraiser in Washington last night, told the audience that Clinton supports "an ENDA that is fully inclusive of both sexual orientation and gender identity."
At the same event, Senator Clinton assailed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibits lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from serving openly in the armed forces. Repealing the law, she told the crowd as they roared with approval, will be one of her "first priorities" for the community as commander-in-chief.
UPDATE: The Washington Blade reports that Clinton has released a list of 21 more prominent LGBT Americans who have endorsed her candidacy, in addition to the 26 names released in April. And Hillary's June statement listing members of her national LGBT steering committee contains the names of other community leaders who support her candidacy.