May 29, 2018 at 11:30 am EDT | by Blake Chambers
Stonewall fundraiser attracts prominent Democrats to Rehoboth
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Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester is slated to speak at an event June 16 in Rehoboth. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Delaware Stonewall PAC will hold its annual Summer Fundraiser on June 16 in Rehoboth Beach. The event will feature guests including Sen. Tom Carper, Gov. John Carney and a speech from Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester.

Delaware Stonewall PAC’s mission is “to secure for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people the equal human rights guaranteed for all citizens by the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of Delaware.” The organization also seeks to promote and grow the principles of the Democratic Party.

The group has played an important role in electing pro-LGBT Democrats to office. Delaware Stonewall PAC endorsed Gov. Jack Markell in 2008 and Sen. Chris Coons in 2010, both proved to be solid supporters of LGBT equality.

“We only do one event a year,” said president and founder of Delaware Stonewall PAC, Peter Schott. “The money that we raise and virtually every cent that we get at these events goes to supporting the candidates and working on these issues.”

The organization started out as an entity within the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats, which was founded in 2003. Delaware Stonewall PAC now continues as its own, separate entity. Schott said one of his favorite memories working with Delaware Stonewall PAC was being able to have Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts at the organization’s very first event. Schott said Frank’s appearance at the event gave Delaware Stonewall PAC credibility as an organization due to his national prominence.

This year’s Delaware Stonewall PAC fundraiser will honor CAMP Rehoboth and Rep. Bryon Short.

“Delaware Stonewall has served our Delaware community well over the years and continues to do much needed work in our state,” said Murray Archibald, president of the board of directors for CAMP Rehoboth. “We are grateful to Delaware Stonewall for honoring CAMP Rehoboth at their annual summer celebration on June 16.”

Delaware Stonewall PAC has endorsed numerous candidates for this election cycle so far, including Stephanie Bolden of the Delaware House of Representatives in District 2, Stephanie Hansen of the Delaware Senate in District 10 and John Viola of the Delaware House of Representatives in District 26.

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