Ensuring Equal Rights
As a member of the Congressional Equality Caucus, I am immensely proud of the progress we have made towards ensuring equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. In my first term, I was proud to join my colleagues in ending the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy so that our men and women in uniform can serve openly and honorably in our Armed Forces.
I was also honored to join my Democratic Colleagues, and some Republicans, in signing Amicus Curiae, or “friend of the Court,” briefs supporting LGBT rights in the Supreme Court cases that repealed the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed gay couples nationwide to marry.
Despite this important progress, there is more work to do. In many states, employers, creditors, public housing officials, education administrators and jurors can still legally discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. I am a cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would prohibit this kind of discrimination by expanding the Civil Rights Act to LGBT Americans. We can do even more to ensure equal rights for all LGBT Americans.