As a member of the Congressional Equality Caucus, I am immensely proud of our progress towards ensuring equal rights for LGBTQ+ 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 in our Armed Forces.
In the years since then, the Supreme Court’s rulings in Obergefell v. Hodges and Bostock v. Clayton County have brought us closer to realizing the goal of equality for all under the law. But there is still much we can do to make our country more inclusive, loving, and accepting.
In many states, it is still legal for public housing officials, education administrators, jurors, and businesses open to the public to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act, which I’ve co-cosponsored and voted for, would address this by guaranteeing anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in instances of public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service.
I will continue to work to end all forms of discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.
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