Thursday, February 09, 2012
The fight for equality is already off to a great start in 2012.
Just yesterday, a marriage equality bill was introduced in Illinois, only one year after the state legalized same-sex civil unions.
On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court affirmed a previous decision stating, “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”
Last month, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced a new policy to combat housing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
And next November, in Illinois’s 10th Congressional District, we have one of the best chances in the country to switch a vote against equality to a vote for equality.
I believe every American should be entitled to the same fundamental rights – regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. I will not waiver on this position. Not now. Not in Congress.
IL-10 is a new district, the majority of which is presently represented by far right-wing Republicans Congressmen Joe Walsh and Bob Dold. These men represent votes against same-sex marriage, against making our schools safe for LGBT-identified students, and ultimately, against equality.
Now, Rep. Dold will run to represent the 10th. This is a progressive district. It is a seat we can and must turn from red to blue, and you can help. Join me in standing up for the rights of all people.
I will be an outspoken leader for LGBT rights. I support the repeal of DOMA. I support legislation to end discrimination against LGBT individuals in the workplace, in schools, in housing and more.
But there is still so much work to be done. Now is the time to act. Together, we can protect and extend these fundamental rights.