The nation’s largest LGBT business association, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, has unanimously endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.
This is the first time the group has endorsed a candidate for president in it’s 15 year history.
In a statement to Buzzfeed News, Clinton said she welcomed the endorsement:
“The stakes in this election could not be higher for LGBT Americans,” Clinton said. “When Donald Trump says he’ll ‘make America great again,’ that’s code for ‘take America backwards.’ He has said he would appoint judges who would overturn marriage equality.”
The board of the LGBT chamber of commerce — which represents roughly 1.4 million LGBT business owners and has about 150 corporate and government partners — approved its resolution unanimously at a conference this week in Palm Springs, California.
In its resolution, the group praised Clinton for denouncing “LGBT discrimination as not only morally wrong, but fundamentally destructive for business.” The resolution rejected Trump’s policies, saying he has “vowed to revoke LGBT inclusive executive orders on his first day in office.”
Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, has famously said in recent months that he would be better for LGBT Americans (“ask the gays!”), while at the same time saying that if elected he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court that would overturn the historic Obergefell decision that brought marriage equality to the entire nation.