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Al Franken's Public Statements on Issue: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Office: U.S. Senate (MN) - Jr, Democratic
Date Title
June 30, 2016 Sen. Franken: Pentagon's Plan to Lift Ban on Openly Transgender Servicemembers is a Historic Victory for LGBT Rights
June 21, 2016 KSTP - Senators Urge FDA to End 'Discriminatory' Blood Donation Policy
June 21, 2016 Letter to Robert Califf, MD, Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration - End Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban
June 14, 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016--Motion to Proceed
May 13, 2016 After Pressure from Sens. Franken and Baldwin, Depts. of Education and Justice Release Guidelines to Protect Transgender Students
May 2, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John King, Secretary of the US Department of Education - Urge to Clarify Legal Protections for LGBT Students
April 27, 2016 Letter to John H. Thompson, Director of the US Census Bureau - Rep. Grijalva, Sen. Baldwin Lead Bipartisan Effort to Add LGBT Data to Census Survey
Jan. 21, 2016 After Efforts from Sen. Franken, Dept. of Education Will Help Students and Parents Find Out if Colleges Support LGBT Rights
Jan. 15, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services - On the Urgent Implementation of Anti-Discrimination Protections
Dec. 18, 2015 Senators Call for Transparency for LGBTQ Students at Schools Seeking Religious Exemptions
Oct. 26, 2015 Letter to Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration and Loretta Lynch, Attoney General - Lawmakers Call on Social Security Administration to Treat Same-Sex Marriages Equally
Oct. 26, 2015 Letter to Carolyn Colvin, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and Loretta Lynch, Attorney General - Implement Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decisions
Oct. 21, 2015 Letter to the Hon. Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the US Department of Justice, and the Hon. James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of the Investigation - Press for Nation's Top Law Enforcement Officials to Take Action to Address Alarming Violence Against Transgender Community
July 16, 2015 Sen. Franken's Provisions Included in Senate-Passed Bill to Reform "No Child Left Behind"
July 14, 2015 Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
July 14, 2015 Sen. Franken: Senate Failure to Advance LGBT Anti-Bullying Measure a "Tremendous Disappointment"
July 13, 2015 Student Non-Discrimination Act
July 10, 2015 Sen. Franken: Update Tax Code to Reflect Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Ruling
July 7, 2015 CNN - What Congress Must Do for LGBT Kids
June 26, 2015 Sen. Franken's Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality
May 21, 2015 Letter to Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense - Prevent Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
April 10, 2015 Letter to Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader - Calling for a Vote on Amendments to Budget Resolution
March 6, 2015 Brief of 167 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 44 U.S. Senators as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners
Feb. 10, 2015 Sen. Franken, Rep. Polis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Bullying of LGBT Students
Dec. 15, 2014 Letter to Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services - Drop Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men
Oct. 10, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Special Envoy for LGBT Human Rights within U.S. Department of State
July 31, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit an Opportunity to Advance LGBT Rights
July 14, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - LGBT Oppression and AGOA
March 18, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Merkley Leads Over 200 Members of Congress in Calling for Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers from Workplace Discrimination
Nov. 8, 2013 Letter to Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee - Reconsider Ruling on Russian Anti-LGBT Law
Nov. 7, 2013 Sen. Franken Lauds Passage of LGBT Workplace Protections as Key Step Toward Equality
Nov. 7, 2013 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013
July 11, 2013 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Implementation of Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling
July 10, 2013 Sen. Franken Hails Vote on LGBT Workplace Protections as Step Toward Equality
July 8, 2013 Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security - Civil Rights and Marriage Equality
June 26, 2013 Sen. Franken Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision Finding DOMA Unconstitutional
May 14, 2013 Sen. Franken Applauds Marriage Equality Becoming Law in Minnesota
March 26, 2013 Sen. Franken's Statement on Marriage Equality
March 22, 2013 Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry - Combating Gender-Based Violence Abroad
March 5, 2013 Letter to Secretary Shinseki - LGBT Rights
March 1, 2013 212 Members of Congress File Historic Amicus Brief on DOMA Case before U.S. Supreme Court
March 1, 2013 Sen. Franken Urges Supreme Court to Find So-Called Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional
Feb. 14, 2013 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - LGBT Workplace Discrimination
Jan. 17, 2013 Letter to Attorney General Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano - Immigration, DOMA and LGBT cases
May 9, 2012 Senator Franken's Statement on President Obama's Support for Gay Marriage
Jan. 25, 2012 The Advocate - Franken Tells GSAs He Needs Votes for Anti-Discrimination Measure
Nov. 10, 2011 Hearing of Judiciary Committee - In Support of the Respect for Marriage Act
July 20, 2011 Sen. Franken in Hearing: It's Time to Repeal Federal Law Barring Same-Sex Marriage
June 29, 2011 13 Senators Team Up to Assure LGBT Youth that "It Gets Better"
March 16, 2011 Senator Feinstein Introduces DOMA Repeal Legislation
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