LGBTQ+ Issues

It’s this simple — members of the LGBTQ+ community deserve the same rights and equality under the law as all other Americans. Period. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry, was a watershed moment in the battle for gay rights; but as we know from the civil rights and women’s movements before it, we can’t rest there. 

To achieve — and protect — true equality for LGBTQ+ Americans, we need to fight all types of institutionalized discrimination, whether in schools, the workplace, or anywhere else in our communities. 

  Continue to support and protect the Equality Act. I was very proud to vote in support of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, and I will never waiver in my support for this law and the crucial protections it outlines for the LGBTQ+ community. The Equality Act ensures all LGBTQ+ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law. All Americans, regardless of their gender or sexual identity, should be treated equally and have the same rights and privileges as anyone else.

  Keep our military strong. Anyone — gay, straight, or transgender — who wants to put their life on the line to defend our freedoms should never be denied their own freedoms. The current administration’s attacks on transgender service members are despicable and un-American, and Congress should do everything in its power to end similar discrimination.

  Be a world leader. The United States should be a moral leader for the world on LGBTQ+ issues, fighting against bigotry and intolerance. We can start this through leading by example, such as refusing to give tax dollars to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations and demanding the same from our partners and allies across the globe. 


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