This afternoon, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias
earned the endorsement of Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization. From
"Alexi Giannoulias is the progressive leader
Illinois needs," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "He will be a
strong advocate in the U.S. Senate to ensure that all of his
constituents are accepted and welcomed as part of the American family,"
The announcement follows Rep. Mark Kirk's vote against an amendment repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a policy Giannoulias wants to see banned. Previously, the organization had given the North Shore Republican a favorable 75 percent rating on gay rights issues.