Bil Browning

John Edwards wants you to know he's gay friendly

Filed By Bil Browning | April 11, 2007 11:04 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Democratic Party, election 2008, endorsed candidates, John Edwards, LGBT community, presidency, voting

John Edwards released a list of 25 prominent LGBT leaders yesterday who support his campaign for the presidency. The former Senator from North Carolina who ran in the Veep slot with John Kerry in 2004, is making a serious play for the LGBT vote. Edwards has condemned Don't Ask Don't Tell as bad policy, but has not come out in favor of gay marriage. He is in favor of inclusive non-discrimination laws.

For the list of individuals endorsing his campaign, look after the jump. The most notable is former Clinton advisor David Mixner who split with the Clintons over DADT.

Skip Paul, Corporate Executive
Darren Star, TV Producer
Julie Johnson, Human Rights Campaign Public Policy Committee Co-Chair
Eric Stern, Former National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director; Former Democratic National Committee LGBT Outreach Director
David Mixner, Former Bill Clinton for President Adviser; LGBT activist, fundraiser, author
Dennis Erdman, TV Producer/ Director
Mary Snider, Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors Executive Committee Member
David Tseng, Kerry-Edwards 2004 National LGBT Advisory Committee Co-Chair; Former Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National Executive Director
David Mariner, Former Out for Howard Dean Co-Chair; Founder,
James Duff, TV Producer
Ramon Gardenhire, National Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus Co-Chair; Former DNC LGBT Deputy Outreach Director
Scott Benson, Majority Leader Minneapolis City Council
Shane Larson, AFL-CIO Pride @ Work National Executive Board Member; Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)-Communications Workers of America (CWA) Government Affairs Director
Scott Wiener, Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors Member; San Francisco Democratic Party Chair* (for identification purposes only)
Jeff Gardner, Garden State Equality Vice Chair; New Jersey for Democracy Co-Chair
Lynne Wiggins, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Leadership Council Member; Former Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors Member
Ken Keechl, Broward County Commissioner; Former Dolphin Democrats President
Linda Elliott, Human Rights Committee Board of Directors Member
Dave Garrity, Former Democratic National Committee Member
Mark Periello, Former Human Rights Campaign staff member; Democratic strategist
Ron Ginsburg, LGBT Community Activist; business owner
Randall Kelly, LGBT Community Activist; attorney
Stephanie Kornegay, LGBT Community Activist; business owner
Robert D. Horvath, Mautner Project Board of Directors Member
Patrick J. Lyden, LGBT Community Activist; Homeland Security Advisor

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Zach Adamson | April 11, 2007 3:30 PM

I'd love to see a ticket with him and either HIll or Obama. ..

John Edwards has the vision and compassion to bring equality to this country.