“Wendy Davis has been a champion for equality for all, whether it is the working poor or LGBT Texans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Her dedication to the underdog and commitment to fairness for all Texas families make her the right choice for Governor.”
Wendy Davis has a strong history of support for the LGBT community, having authored and sponsored legislation that would prohibit employment discrimination in Texas and protect LGBT students from bullying. Davis’ likely opponent in the general election is Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot. Abbott has a history of taking anti-equality positions. Last year, Abbott argued that Texas cities offering domestic partner benefits to their workers are violating the state constitution and stood out as a vocal opponent of a San Antonio ordinance that protects LGBT people from discrimination in city employment, housing and public accommodations.
“Wendy Davis’ energy and courage are needed in Austin,” said Julie Johnson, a Texas attorney and HRC board member emeritus. “I’m proud to be one of the tens of thousands of HRC members in Texas, and I know that Wendy will fight for all our families when elected. Wendy has proven herself an effective leader – and that’s exactly what the people of Texas need.”