John Kerry issued the following statement in response to the endorsement, which must have been welcome in light of Ed O’Reilly’s vocal support for equal marriage:
I am honored to have the endorsement of the Massachusetts Stonewall Democrats. Since 1984, I have proudly represented the people of Massachusetts in the United States Senate and never wavered from taking the fight to the ignorant, indignant or ill-informed who falsely believe civil, legal and human rights are rights reserved solely for heterosexual Americans. I have fought for equal rights since my first year in the Senate when I supported the first federal legislation to expand the hate crime classification to include victims based on sexual orientation and gender identity and introduced legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against the GLBT community. In 1996, I was one of just 14 U.S. Senators- and the only one up for reelection- to vote for the repeal of DOMA. I recently authored the bill to eliminate the HIV Immigration and Travel Ban and cosponsored legislation to increase HIV/AIDS funding. I am proud to have been a leader in the fight to get rid of the military’s ridiculous ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. When it comes to defending our country, we cannot afford to waste the bravery and service of a single American, and we can’t afford a broken policy that’s discriminatory to boot. I am incredibly appreciative of the support Massachusetts’ GLBT community has provided me, and I am looking forward to a time when the rights of GLBT communities are no longer under assault this country. Come November, we’ll have a bigger, stronger Democratic majority in Congress and a Democratic president, and together we can all continue to work and fight for progress that’s long overdue.