Adrian Shanker, the chair of the LGBT Caucus for Pennsylvania’s Democrats, didn’t want to hazard a guess as to how delegates would react to tonight’s roll call vote during the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Some action was discussed among delegates for Bernie Sanders, said Dwayne J. Heisler, an LGBT delegate from Columbia County.
“However there is continued conversation within the Bernie delegation to be respectful [and] live by the principles of their candidate,” he said.
There are 1,900 delegates here for Sanders, the Vermont senator who left the campaign this summer and endorsed former Secretary of State Hillry Clinton. Although Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee, Sanders has not released his delegates. He has made several speeches encouraging his supporters to vote for Clinton in November, but the sentiment earned him a chorus of boos yesterday. Some people on the convention floor at the Wells Fargo Center had tears in their eyes as they watched him speak.
“Bernie Sanders laid out a vision for America,” Shanker said. He’s a Sanders delegate.
But Shanker hopes it’s not an issue for Sanders supporters to back Clinton, because the alternative will be Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
“That’s too scary to think about,” he said, noting, Trump would like the Supreme Court to overturn marriage equality and Pence signed into law in Indiana a religious freedom bill that allowed LGBT discrimination.
“The distance between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton pales in comparison to the distance between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,” Shanker said. “LGBT voices are being highlighted in a comprehensive way in the [Democratic] platform.”