Celebrating Equality Day & Pride 2017
Today we celebrate Equality Day, marking four landmark victories for the LGBT community in the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized marriage equality across the country and struck down several federal and state laws that discriminated against LGBT Americans. We celebrate that today, thanks to champions like Edie Windsor and Jim Obergefell, love is the law and same sex marriage is recognized all over this country.
s I was marching in the NYC Pride Parade yesterday, passing by the storied Stonewall Inn, I was reminded of the bravery of the LGBT activists, advocates and allies who made this progress possible and vowed that I will continue the fight to bring our country ever closer to true equality.
As a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I am a proud original cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would extend the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to individuals or all sexual orientations and gender identities. I also recently joined the Caucus to reintroduce the PRIDE Act, which would help the government combat violence against and within the LGBT community through better data collection. Better data leads to better policy and I am hopeful that with more information our prevention efforts against hate crimes and suicides will be more successful and we can save LGBT lives.
As Pride Month comes to a close, I join with the LGBT community to celebrate their courage, their identities, and their lives. I am so proud to stand with this community during Pride Month and year round to continue our fight for equal rights.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress