Equality before the law is a basic American value articulated in our constitution. Unfortunately, America has fallen short of this ideal throughout our history of slavery, segregation and discrimination. The unfair treatment of Americans continues to this day and I support the following to make our American promise our American reality:
Nondiscrimination At Work: Every day, millions of working people have no legal protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and can be denied employment for reasons unrelated to their level of skills or abilities for a particular job. In a society that values diversity and treating all people with respect, as a gay man I find this unacceptable and that is why I support federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination in employment practices because of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identify. This is not only about workers’ rights – it’s about human rights and human dignity. I believe in tolerance and understanding and strongly oppose employment discrimination on the basis of race, age, disability, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.
Marriage Equality: Millions of Americans can’t enjoy the legal protections of marriage because of their orientation. I believe that two committed adults of the same sex should be able to enjoy full marriage rights in the United States and that no federal, state, or local jurisdiction should be able to deny any of the benefits of the marriage to same-sex couples.
Equal Rights Amendment: The fight for equality for women is far from over and that is why I support the Equal Rights Amendment to our federal constitution. I strongly believe that all Americans should have dignity, respect, and full equality on the job and oppose discrimination of any kind and support the ERA.
Human Rights Advocacy: America should not only be an example of human rights, it should also be a champion worldwide by rewarding countries that practice the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and taking the lead to stop genocide.
Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: I believe it is absurd that our nation does not allow our gay and lesbian soldiers to be open and honest with their commanding officers and fellow service members. To strengthen our national defense, we must cease the removal of capable and courageous members of our military based exclusively on their openness about their sexual orientation, which will bring us in line with the policy of nearly every NATO country. Instead, we should recruit and enlist a military that truly represents America’s best in all of our colors, religions, and sexual diversity.