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posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 22
Jay Inslee endorsed by HRC
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Jay Inslee endorsed by HRC

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On May 29, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans, endorsed Jay Inslee for governor of Washington, at Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill.

'I am very honored to accept the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, and proud to add my voice to chorus calling for equality and fairness here in Washington,' said Inslee.

Lacey All, Seattle's board member of the HRC, cited Inslee's leadership in Congress - voting for the repeal of discriminatory laws such as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and the Defense of Marriage Act - in addition to his advocacy of marriage equality in Washington State, as she announced the endorsement.

Inslee reassured attendees of his commitment to marriage equality.

'For 39 years I've been in a perfect marriage - the marriage of a Husky and a Cougar. My wife, Trudi, and I have raised three wonderful boys, we get to enjoy being grandparents, and wherever my life and career have taken me, I am blessed to have always had a partner I could count on. When I look at the blessings my marriage has brought to my life, I can't imagine denying those things to anyone else. And I can't imagine what my reaction would have been if some politician had said, 'No matter how much you love each other, you can't be married.'

Jody Hall, the founder of Cupcake Royale, who often uses her position as Seattle's cupcake queen to push for progressive social change, offered special Jay Inslee cupcakes for the event.

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