Montgomery Appointment Dangerous Setback for LGBTQ Arizonans

HRC responded to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey nominating Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery for a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court.

“Bill Montgomery has made a career of marginalizing the most vulnerable Arizonans, including the LGBTQ community,” said HRC Deputy Campaign Director Justin Unga. “He has shown that he’s unable to set aside personal biases and treat LGBTQ Arizonans with the dignity and respect that we deserve in our legal system. With LGBTQ Arizonans’ rights on the line, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the Arizona Supreme Court be comprised of unbiased jurists capable of deciding cases on merit and law rather than partisanship or anti-LGBTQ extremism. Montgomery’s appointment is a dangerous step in the wrong direction. HRC will continue to remain vigilant in order to hold Montgomery accountable, including when voters have the opportunity to decide whether he remains on the court.”

In 2015, as Maricopa County Attorney, Montgomery refused to provide legal assistance to LGBTQ couples seeking to adopt a child. This failure prompted the ACLU to sue him and his office in an attempt to earn LGBTQ Arizonans the equal treatment and legal assistance they deserve under the law. 

Earlier this year, the Arizona Supreme Court heard arguments in Brush & Nib Studio v. City of Phoenix. Despite a Phoenix city ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of gender identiy and sexual ortentation,  the Brush & Nib Studio is proactively seeking the authority to turn away LGBTQ people in violation of this established law. The Supreme Court received this case after the Arizona Court of Appeals issued a ruling denying the business owners the ability to discriminate against same-sex couples. HRC joined the ACLU in an amicus brief supporting LGBTQ rights and the City of Phoenix.

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Human Rights Campaign Endorses State Rep. Jon Hoadley for U.S. Congress

HRC announced its endorsement of State Rep. Jon Hoadley in his bid to represent Michigan’s sixth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

“Jon Hoadley is a champion for equality who will fight tirelessly for Michiganders in Congress,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “In 2018, voters elected more LGBTQ officials than ever before and rejected politics motivated by bigotry and fear. In a state where fewer than 11,000 votes decided the last presidential election, it is deeply important that the LGBTQ community be heard and represented by our elected officials. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Jon Hoadley in this pivotal and historic race.” 

“The Human Rights Campaign is dedicated to providing full and equal protection under the law to the LGBTQ community,” said State Rep. Jon Hoadley. “This endorsement is close to my heart, having spent much of my organizing career working to protect people from discrimination and promoting full equality. I am extremely proud to accept their endorsement and will continue to advocate for full equality for all people when I serve in Congress.”

“Jon Hoadley is an experienced leader and committed change maker who has fought fiercely to advance progress and equality in our state,” said HRC Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman. “HRC is excited to endorse Jon Hoadley’s historic candidacy, and we look forward to working with him in the United States Congress.” 

As a member of Michigan’s House of Representatives, Hoadley has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, access to affordable health care, voting rights, clean water and education funding. Over the next year, HRC will be devoting significant resources to turning out the 1.1 million Equality Voters across the state of Michigan to ensure pro-equality leaders like Rep. Jon Hoadley are elected. In 2018, HRC’s efforts led to historic victories across the state re-electing Senator Debbie Stabenow and electing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Congresswomen Haley Stevens and Elissa Slotkin and many other pro-equality leaders up and down the ballot.

Ahead of the 2018 midterms, HRC hired five staff on the ground across Michigan as a part of HRC Rising, the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 39-year history. In Michigan alone, HRC members and supporters completed 736 volunteer shifts. In the final four days of GOTV, HRC staff and volunteers knocked on over 2,600 doors. Member and supporter volunteers sent nearly 6,000 text messages in the final weeks. Since launching, we’ve helped register thousands of Michiganders to vote by mail, online, and in person. HRC also hosted seven Equality Action Academy trainings to give HRC members and supporters and local pro-equality activists the tools they need to take action locally in legislative advocacy and in support of pro-equality candidates.

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