An attack on one is an attack on all. We must protect the rights of people of all backgrounds and beliefs. We must make it the American way that all people have the equal liberty -- the equal freedom -- to live the life they choose, to love who they wish, and to become who they rightfully ought to be.
Women’s rights must be protected. They are Americans, and as such they must have the freedom to control their bodies, to be paid equal wages, and to live dignified lives.
From Christians to Muslims, from Buddhists to Hindus, from spiritualists to atheists, all religions must be respected. Religious intolerance of any sort is not the American way.
Racism is a scourge within our society, it is pervasive, and as such we must resist it. We must work towards creating an America without racism.
As Americans, we cannot tolerate prejudice against anyone on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The federal government must use its power under the 14th Amendment in order to prevent states from abridging the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.
There are three bills pending in Congress that I strongly support because they will expand protections for LGBT people in America.
- Customer Non-Discrimination Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public accommodations.
- The Equality Act would provide anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community in key areas that include employment, housing, credit, education, and federally-funded programs.
- The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would prevent child welfare agencies from discriminating against potential foster families on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Considering the crisis of foster care in many states, it's outlandish that prospective foster parents might be prevented from helping a child in need of a loving family on the basis of the parents' sexual orientation or gender identity.
I oppose any attempt to amend the constitution to define marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. I also oppose the First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow non-profits and private businesses contracting with the federal government to circumvent anti-discrimination protections.