Bill has been a strong supporter for equality for gays and lesbians. He was recognized as a leader in protecting those who faced housing, credit, and job discrimination. Bill voted to make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation in the 1980s -- when it was not a politically easy thing to do -- and supported gay marriage here in Massachusetts. In Congress he will fight to end Don't Ask Don't Tell and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. And he will support nationwide anti-discrimination laws and champion marriage equality.