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WASHINGTON -- A group of high-profile lesbians, including "Glee" star Jane Lynch, tennis legend Billie Jean King and Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts, have formed a nonpartisan super PAC called LPAC that will back candidates who support lesbian and women's rights.
"Members of the LGBT community are inspirational leaders and role models in every aspect of American life -- from education to entertainment, from sports to science,” King said in a statement.
"The formation of LPAC provides lesbians and the entire LGBT community a new, stronger voice and a real and respected seat at the table when politicians make policy that impacts our lives," she said.
LPAC launched its website to explain its purpose and to solicit members and donations. According to the website, reasons from the 2012 political landscape include:
* No access: The majority of state legislatures enacted laws to block women's access to reproductive healthcare.
* No marriage equality: North Caroline became the 39th state to ban marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
* No protection: 221 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to note protect LGBT, Native American and undocumented immigrant women in the Violence Against Women Act.
* No equal pay: The U.S. Senate blocked legislation to advance fair pay between men and women.
* No representation: Congressional hearings on birth control excluded women.
LPAC vows to ensure that lesbians have a meaningful voice in the 2012 elections and beyond:
LPAC will support candidates who champion a range of issues that impact lesbians and their families, these include:
•Ending discriminatory treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families;
•Supporting sexual and reproductive freedom and women’s access to quality healthcare; and,
•Furthering social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans.
One of the interesting sidenotes to LPAC is that Ricketts is a major donor to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign while her billionaire father, Republican businessman Joe Ricketts, is the founder and leading donor to the Ending Spending Action Fund that is devoted to making Obama a one-term president.