Ensuring Equal Rights
As a member of the Congressional Equality Caucus, Jim is immensely proud of the progress we have made towards ensuring equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. Since Jim has been in Congress we have seen the end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, Obergefell v Hodges legalized same sex marriage, and the Supreme Court made it clear that Americans cannot be fired due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Despite this important progress, LGBTQ+ Americans still face dangerous discrimination in health services, housing, and eduaction. Furthermore, President Trump and others have done everything in their power to ingrain discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, such as his alarming decision to allow doctors to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation or gender identity. This discrimination must end — which is why Jim cosponsored and helped pass the Equality Act in the House. The Equality Act would expand the Civil rights Act to fully include LGBTQ+ Americans and he will not stop fighting until it is signed into law.