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Dick Durbin's Public Statements on Issue: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Office: U.S. Senate (IL) - Sr, Democratic Assistant Minority Leader (Minority Whip)
Date Title
March 24, 2018 Tweet - "The President is choosing to ignore overwhelming opposition from his own military leaders, the American people, and lawmakers in Congress who disagree with this ban. If you meet the requirements to serve, you should be able to do so. Period."
Nov. 8, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - Continue to Prioritize LGBTQ Youth in Key Programs
Nov. 7, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services - Prioritize LGBTQ Youth in Key Programs
Nov. 1, 2017 Tweet - @SenDuckworth and I joined in an amicus brief to support rights of LGBTQ Americans. Discrimination because of who you love is un-American.
Aug. 8, 2017 Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions - Pallone and Cicilline Lead Letter Urging Attorney General Sessions to Uphold LGBT Worker Protections
July 28, 2017 Letter to the Hon. James Mattis, Secretary of Defense - Clarify Administration Policy for Transgender Individuals in the Military
July 28, 2017 Letter to the Hon. James Mattis, Secretary of Defense - Senators Urge Secretary Mattis not to Implement Transgender Ban
July 26, 2017 Durbin Statement On President Trump Reinstating Ban On Transgender People Serving In U.S. Military
July 6, 2017 Letter to Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - Restore Resources That Protect LGBTQ From Housing Discrimination
July 5, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - Senate Democrats Urge HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Restore Resources That Protect LGBTQ From Housing Discrimination
June 28, 2017 Durbin Joins Senate's First-Ever Resolution Recognizing June As Pride Month
June 27, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Harmful Actions on Civil Rights Protections, Enforcement
June 16, 2017 Letter to President Donald J. Trump - LGBTQ Pride Month Proclamation
Sept. 28, 2016 Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions
June 30, 2016 Durbin Statement on Lifting of Ban on Transgender People Serving in U.S. Military
June 13, 2016 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
May 2, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John King, Secretary of the US Department of Education - Urge to Clarify Legal Protections for LGBT Students
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. 15, 2015 Letter to Pope Francis - The Statements of Cardinal Rodriguez
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. 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
July 23, 2015 Booker Introduces Historic, Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation
June 8, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - LGBT Discrimination
May 21, 2015 Letter to Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense - Prevent Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
May 20, 2015 LGBT Veterans Monument At Lincoln National Cemetery
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
Oct. 22, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times - At Durbin Debate, Oberweis Flips, Says He Now Backs Gay Marriage
Oct. 22, 2014 ABC 7 Chicago - Senate Candidates Durbin, Oberweis Debate
Oct. 7, 2014 Daily Herald - Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Shows Divisions Between Oberweis, Durbin
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
Feb. 9, 2014 CBS "Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer" - Transcript: Immigration, Marriage Equality, and Healthcare
Dec. 20, 2013 Senators Coons, Durbin Condemn Passage of Anti-LGBT Legislation in Uganda
Nov. 8, 2013 Letter to Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee - Reconsider Ruling on Russian Anti-LGBT Law
Nov. 7, 2013 With Illinois Poised to Become the 15th State Legalizing Gay Marriage, Durbin Heralds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to End LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace
Nov. 4, 2013 Health Care
July 11, 2013 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Implementation of Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling
July 8, 2013 Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security - Civil Rights and Marriage Equality
May 5, 2013 CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" - Transcript - Boston Bomber Investigation and Immigration
March 22, 2013 Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry - Combating Gender-Based Violence Abroad
March 1, 2013 212 Members of Congress File Historic Amicus Brief on DOMA Case before U.S. Supreme Court
Feb. 14, 2013 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - LGBT Workplace Discrimination
Jan. 3, 2013 Letter to Illinois General Assembly - Marriage Equality
July 12, 2012 Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act
June 29, 2011 13 Senators Team Up to Assure LGBT Youth that "It Gets Better"
June 28, 2011 Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions
March 16, 2011 Senator Feinstein Introduces DOMA Repeal Legislation
Dec. 18, 2010 Durbin Statement on the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
March 4, 2010 Letter to The Honorable Margaret Hamburg
Jan. 19, 2010 Letter to The Honorable Yoweri Museveni President, Republic of Uganda
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