If elected to Congress, I will be a strong advocate for the wide-ranging issues facing the LGBT community across the country.
All Americans are entitled to equal treatment and recognition under the law. All Americans, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity,or gender expression. As Americans, we are all equal. Anything otherwise is simply wrong.
Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act:
I believe that two people who desire to make a lifelong commitment to build a future together should have the right to do so, and it should be called “marriage”, plain and simple. Only by extending the full and complete rights, benefits, and protections that flow from marriage can we claim that all people and families are truly equal. I strongly hold that all Americans should be entitled to the unconditional right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation. As a member of Congress I will fight to institute equal recognition of marriage by repealing DOMA.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act:
I believe we should all be judged in our careers by the quality of our work, the value we bring to our workplace. I also believe no one should have to face discrimination in the workplace, in their ability to earn a living and provide for their family.
Currently, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are excluded from the basic protections that outlaw workplace discrimination. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the current list of employment protections that include age, gender, religion, race, and disability. It is unconscionable to allow people to be legally discriminated against in the workplace, and I will fight to end this by supporting ENDA.