Issue Position: LGBT
From marriage to employment to the military to protection from hate and violence, every American should have access to equal rights and protections under the law, regardless of race, creed, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. If elected, I will push strongly for any measure that expands freedoms for the LGBT community and against any measure that eliminates those freedoms.
DOMA and Marriage Equality: The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) must be repealed. The California Supreme Court served as a leader for the rest of the country in finding this law unconstitutional in May 2008, and it is my hope that every state will soon follow suit.
No on Proposition 8!: I urge everyone going to the polls in November to vote NO on Proposition 8. This malicious and divisive attempt seeks to take away the freedom to marry given to all couples by the Supreme Court's decision. We should take action to protect the right of committed and loving same-sex couples to marry the partner of their choosing. These couples raise families, work, attend church services, and serve in the military, and should enjoy equal protections and rights under the law as the rest of us.
Civil Unions: Civil marriage affords couples nearly 1,050 legal protections and responsibilities from the federal government, while civil unions bring none. That is unfair and unjust. Until same-sex couples in every state are given the right to marry under the law, civil unions must be afforded those same federal benefits and protections.
ENDA: Whether you are gay, lesbian or transgender, you deserve protection against discrimination and must be guaranteed due process. That's why I support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Employment Act (ENDA), which ensures that no employee can be discriminated against because of sexual orientation or gender identity. I also support the right of LGBT workers to organize and belong to unions.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell": It's essential that the U.S. military change this shameful policy. An estimated 65,000 gay men and lesbians serve in the American armed forces, and there are more than one million gay veterans. Our brave brothers and sisters who are risking their lives to protect our country should not have to hide who they are. This policy must be changed.
Matthew Shepard Act: Finally, it's outrageous that our gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender friends and neighbors should fall victim to hate and violence. The federal hate crimes law must be expanded to include acts of crime and violence motivated by the victim's sexual orientation and gender identity, whether real or perceived.