Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Carson Introduces LGBT Non-Discrimination Resolution

Congressman André Carson
Congressman André Carson announced yesterday that he would be introducing a resolution in Congress that would express “the sense of Congress” that LGBT people should be protected under the law.

Carson said in a statement:
“As Americans, we pride ourselves on being the most free and open society the world has ever known. Yet, for far too long, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have been forced to live in the shadows because of who they are. Year after year, we see attacks on the LGBT community as governments at all levels look to institutionalize discrimination in the name of religious freedom. Recently, we witnessed my home state of Indiana enact the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, giving businesses the right to refuse service based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 
“In the wake of the backlash of Indiana’s misguided law, it is clear that the vast majority of Americans oppose this type of discrimination. It is long past time for Congress to ensure that all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, know that they are valued members of our society. From housing to employment to education, they deserve to live their lives like any other American, free from intolerance because of who they are.

“I am proud to join with my House colleagues to introduce this resolution, which makes clear that the discrimination faced by the LGBT community is unacceptable. America is defined by the rich culture that results from our differences, not by intolerance towards a selected few. With this resolution, we are reaffirming our commitment to overcome this civil rights issue and ensure true equality for all Americans.”

The ball now falls to the House and the Senate to pass this resolution. I’m proud of my Congressman.

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