Rep. Maloney Statement on 2016 Pride Month

Jun 9, 2016
Press Release

In honor and celebration of 2016 Pride Month, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“The crusade for LGBT rights, sparked by the Stonewall riots of 1969 in New York, has made enormous progress. When I first joined the New York City Council, the LGBT community lacked many of the protections and rights granted to the heterosexual community. This is why, in 1986, I introduced the first domestic partnership legislation in New York history, which at first met great resistance. But, thankfully, we have made great strides since then. Now, during 2016 Pride Month, we are celebrating that one year ago the U.S. Supreme Court declared; ‘No longer may this liberty be denied,’ freeing same sex couples to marry the one they love. We’re also celebrating President Obama’s decision to designate the Stonewall Inn as a national monument.

“While we are closer than ever to making manifest the inscription over the entrance to the court ‘Equal Justice Under the Law,’ we still have work to get there. As a proud member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I’m working to advance the Equality Act, critical legislation to extend much-needed civil rights protections for LGBT individuals who too often face discrimination in housing, employment, and other areas; a bill extremely important in light of recent events in North Carolina and Congress that have shown us again that intolerance remains and hate persists. I will continue to champion LGBT equality not only in Congress but also in our community, supporting out LGBT friends and neighbors.

“From the Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca Falls that ignited the women’s equality movement, to Stonewall, New Yorkers have often been at the forefront of the movement for equal rights. This Pride Month, I look forward to celebrating our progress with my fellow New Yorkers while also recommitting ourselves to upholding our country’s core values of freedom and equality, even in the face of bigotry and hate.”