Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Serve as Vice-Chair of House LGBT Equality Caucus

Press Release

By:  Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Date: June 9, 2008
Location: Washington, DC


Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Serve as Vice-Chair of House LGBT Equality Caucus

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) joined Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (WI- 02) and Congressman Barney Frank (MA-04) for a press conference announcing the formation of the House of Representatives LGBT Equality Caucus. The mission of the caucus will be to achieve the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well being for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

"Equality for our gay, lesbian and transgender friends is not negotiable. I am proud to represent Fort Lauderdale: one of the largest LGBT constituencies of any congressional district and one of the country's most popular LGBT travel destinations," Rep. Wasserman Schultz said.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz was asked to serve as a Vice-Chair of the LGBT Equality caucus. Since her early days in the Florida Legislature, LGBT equality has been a cause for which Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz fights passionately. She believes strongly that the Democratic majority in the House has the opportunity and the responsibility to move towards legal equality for all Americans. "Our Constitution demands equal justice under the law, nothing more, nothing less." said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. "As a Member of the House Judiciary Committee, I know that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Americans are awash in a sea of inequality."

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz, a member of the Florida Red and Blue Advisory board, also spoke out against so-called "marriage protection amendments." Speaking to those who oppose LGBT equality, the Congresswoman stressed that Americans must reject divisive attempts to enshrine discrimination in state Constitutions.

"These ‘marriage protection amendments' strip away the ability to visit loved ones in the hospital, harms our seniors, eliminates insurance benefits for non-married couples, and requires the government to take an even larger role in all our lives," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz.