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Issue Position: Civil Rights

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Equality For All

I will never support legislation that denies equal civil rights to everyone, regardless of religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, age, gender or income. We must love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the rights of all Americans.

And that starts with recognizing that they exist. I will push the administration to include questions about the LGBTQ community in the 2020 census so we can have more accurate measure of its existence. I will also support H.R.2282 -- the Equality Act -- which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add sex, sexual orientation and gender identity among prohibited categories of discrimination. Seventy percent of Americans support it. Businesses support it and 245 legislators have signed on to back it. I will make it 246.

Discrimination violates a fundamental principal on which this nation was founded. The Declaration of Independence declares that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Those truths remain "self evident" today.

Those truths apply to women and men, rich and poor, black and white, gay, lesbian, and transgender. We must continue down the road to equality for all. Along the way, we must end discrimination in education, employment, housing and health care.

If my vision reflects your vision, won't you please volunteer for or contribute to our campaign? Working together, our vision can become reality.


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