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Human Rights Campaign to back Gov. Cuomo for reelection


ALBANY — A leading national LGBTQ rights group is backing Gov. Cuomo's reelection.

The Human Rights Campaign, a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, is set to make the announcement Tuesday morning.

"Governor Cuomo has been a champion for the LGBTQ community, with a proven track record of increasing much-needed protections and advancing equality for all New Yorkers," said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.

Griffin credited the two-term Democrat for legalizing same-sex marriage in New York, prohibiting public and private health care insurers from covering so-called gay conversion therapy, and enacting non-discrimination protections for transgender people.

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He also cited Cuomo's efforts to combat HIV and AIDS.

Cuomo is scheduled to speak at the Human Rights Campaign's New York gala on Saturday in Manhattan.

For Cuomo, the endorsement is the second early one from a progressive group, following the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Several liberal Democrats have been mentioned as possible primary opponents, including former Hudson Valley state Sen. Terry Gipson, who opened a campaign account and has been traveling around the state.

But polls have shown Cuomo remains popular among self-described liberals and voters in New York City.

The Human Rights Campaign endorsement also comes a day after a third Republican, Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, of Syracuse, announced he would be seeking the GOP nomination to take on Cuomo in November.

He joins Assembly GOP Minority Leader Brian Kolb and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.