A women-led political action committee launched Wednesday with a mission to elect candidates on the federal and local level who "champion issues that impact lesbians and their families."
LPAC is backed by a group of high-powered lesbians, including Laura Ricketts, daughter to Republican campaign contributor Joe Ricketts; chair Sarah Schmidt of the U.S. Venture Inc. family, and gay rights activist Urvashi Vaid. It also has celebrity support from the likes of actress Jane Lynch and former tennis champion Billie Jean King.
The group said in a statement that it is "aiming to give lesbians a real and meaningful seat at the table." LPAC plans to support candidates—male or female, gay or straight, Democrat or Republican—that further social, racial, and economic justice; protect access to reproductive freedom and quality health care; and end discrimination against LGBT individuals and their families.
In announcing its launch, LPAC pointed to a series of Republican positions on women and LGBT issues that it disputes, including House GOP members voting against an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act, an all-male Congressional panel on birth control, attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, and North Carolina's ban on gay marriage.
The PAC has a $1 million fundraising goal for the 2012 election, the AP reported.