LGBT Pride Month
Every June we recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This year we have a lot to celebrate!
Last month the United States Postal Service honored San Francisco gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk with his own postage stamp, the first openly LGBT politician so recognized. This nationwide honor is a fitting tribute to such an important and courageous figure.
As a strong supporter of marriage equality, I am thrilled to see that it is steadily marching across the country. LGBT couples can now be married in 19 states, and in still more courts have struck down anti-equality marriage laws. We must keep up this progress and not stop until marriage equality is law across the land.
We also are making progress to protect LGBT Americans from job discrimination. As surprising as it may be, in many places in America someone can still be fired simply because of who they love. This is outrageous, and President Obama just this week said he would be signing an executive order to ban federal contractors from engaging in job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender indemnity.
But, we need to go further. I am a cosponsor of legislation, H.R. 1755, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), that would ban such discrimination nationwide. The Senate passed ENDA last November and in the House there are 205 cosponsors, almost half of the chamber. It is time the House join the Senate and protect LGBT Americans from employment discrimination.
On these and many other LGBT issues, we are making progress. But, the fight continues, and I am working diligently in Congress to see that we continue to move toward equality for all.
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