Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Clinco attends White House LGBT Pride Month Reception

Clinco attends White House LGBT Pride Month Reception


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Demion Clinco, D-Tucson (District 2), joined President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday for a reception celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

“It was an honor to represent Arizona at this event,” Clinco said. “Recognizing the contributions of the LGBT community is especially important in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. This ruling may empower people who choose to use religion as an excuse for discrimination. That is unacceptable, and we’ll work to stop that from happening at the state level. This has been an important year for the LGBT community in Arizona. We successfully blocked discriminatory legislation, like SB 1062, from going into effect, and the marriage equality movement is gaining unprecedented support. I was grateful for the opportunity to talk about the progress we are making.”

The president and first lady began hosting a reception for LGBT Pride Month in 2009. This was the first time Clinco, who is the only openly gay member serving in the Arizona House of Representatives, has attended the event.

“The majority of Arizonans are proponents for equality and diversity,” Clinco said. “Sometimes, that fact gets overlooked. I wanted to make sure that message was heard in our nation’s capital.”

To see photos from the event, follow Clinco on Facebook at www.facebook.com/demion.clinco.


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