I am committed to ensuring equality for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. As a lawyer, judge, and Member of Congress, I have spent my entire life fighting for equal rights for all Americans and am proud of my 100 percent pro-equality voting record regarding legislation that affects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
From the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy banning openly gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the military, to the end of the ban on transgender troops serving openly in the military, to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges making marriage equality the law of the land, the LGBTQ community has seen historic progress in recent years. I am proud to have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBTQ community as it fought for this hard-earned progress.
Qualified, hardworking Americans are still denied job opportunities, harassed, fired, or otherwise discriminated against just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. There is no federal law that consistently protects LGBTQ individuals from employment discrimination, and it remains legal in many states to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This nation can only truly prosper when all of its citizens are guaranteed equal rights and equal protection under the law and in every State.