As a member of the House Equality Caucus, I strongly supported the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which once and for all legalized same-sex marriage and held that the right to marry is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This was a historic moment in our nation's continued fight for equality and for the millions of Americans who have been denied the ability to recognize their love through marriage for too long. Unfortunately, we still have much more work to do. LGBT Americans continue to face discrimination in their communities and workplaces and Congress must strengthen protections for LGBT Americans.
A majority of businesses already support protections for LGBT workers. Approximately 88 percent of Fortune 500 companies have adopted policies that protect employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In addition, 22 states, including New Mexico, have approved laws banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. However, current federal law only prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex, race, and national origin, which creates an unworkable patchwork of federal, state, and local laws.
I am a co-sponsor and strong supporter of the Equality Act, which would prohibit employment, housing, credit, and education discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Currently, federal law only prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex, race, and national origin. The Equality Act would prevent employers from firing or refusing to hire workers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
House LGBT Equality Caucus
I am a member of the House Equality Caucus, which is committed to ensuring that human rights for LGBT Americans both in the United States and around the world are protected. Through the Caucus, I work with my colleagues to repeal discriminatory laws, eliminate hate-motivated violence, and improve the health and well-being of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Update on July 26, 2017 in response President Trump’s ban of transgender people with the military
I oppose President Trump’s order to ban transgender people in our nation from serving our military. His actions are blatantly discriminatory and will not be ignored. In response to his order, I filed an amendment to the Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations. The amendment would prevent the use of DoD funds to stop transgender people from serving in our nation’s military.