Associated Press
July 28, 2000

Hillary Gets Gay Endorsements

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign won the endorsement of two gay advocacy organizations Thursday, the Empire State Pride Agenda and the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign.

''Mrs. Clinton is the clear leader on every single issue of importance to the lesbian and gay community,'' said Tim Sweeney of the Empire State Pride Agenda during a news conference on the steps of City Hall.

Clinton was cited for her support of civil unions providing legal recognition for gay couples; for favoring homosexuals being allowed to serve openly in the military; for supporting laws against hate-crimes; and for backing abortion rights.

Another organization, Housing Works, which provides housing for homeless people with AIDS, defended Lazio, pointing out his support for funding for housing and jobs for AIDS patients. ''Lazio has real achievements in the area of HIV/AIDS,'' the group said.

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