"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Our nation has struggled for more than two centuries to make good on the promise contained in the Declaration of Independence and to secure our "unalienable rights." Our work is not done.
Discrimination continues to prevent too many Americans from enjoying "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." I will fight to:
Ensure equal pay for equal work.
Secure full equality for LGBT Americans, including the right to marry and to be free from employment discrimination.
Strengthen the enforcement of federal civil-rights laws.
Prohibit racial profiling and promote a more equitable criminal-justice system.
Preserve religious freedom.
Guarantee every eligible voter free and equal access to the polls.
My commitment to the cause of civil rights is long and enduring. In 1987, I moved to Montgomery, Alabama to work for the Southern Poverty Law Center. I joined the Center's Klanwatch Project, researching Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi activities around the country and producing intelligence reports for law-enforcement officials. It was one of the most rewarding posts I've ever had -- a chance to protect the victims of hate groups and help bring the perpetrators of violence to justice.
In the Colorado House, I voted to ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, strengthen hate-crimes legislation, and extend legal rights to same-sex couples. I will continue to champion the cause of equality as a member of Congress.