No American, regardless of their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, should experience harassment or discrimination because of who they are!
The fact that an individual seeking elected office in 2018 would even need to state this speaks to how far America still has to go in order to ensure that the words inscribed in the Declaration of Independence, “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”. Yet it is inarguable that Congressman Rohrabacher, along with his Republican colleagues in the House, Senate, and Oval Office, have consistently fought against ensuring the civil rights of all Americans, and in particular the civil rights of our LGBTQ community.
Trump has said he opposes same sex marriage because he’s a “traditional guy”, has declined to support the Equality Act, has expressed support of North Carolina’s HB2 that nullifies protections for the LGBT community, and said he would appoint judges to overrule the decision on same sex marriage.
Congressman Rohrabacher has spent the entirety of his elected life actively working against people’s individual freedoms. In the past two decades alone, Congressman Rohrabacher has voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, voted for creating a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and voted against allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. In short, Congressman Rohrabacher’s time is up; he has been on the wrong side of history for years!
Given that our country’s greatest strength lies in its cultural, economic, ethnic, racial, gender, and religious diversity, I believe it is long past time to have a Congresswoman who will embrace and celebrate this diversity, and actively champion the civil rights of LGBTQ people.
This is what I will do when I become your Congresswoman:
- I will actively support the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, Marriage Equality Act, Every Child Deserves a Family Act, the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” and any bill that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people.
- Advance policies that ensure ALL students can attend school without fear of being bullied, to reduce school drop-out, health issues and suicides among LGBTQ youth.
- Strongly oppose legislation that calls something “religious liberty” but is actually the liberty to discriminate at the expense of another’s civil rights.
- Condemn offensive or bigoted speech or any speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or other grounds, and advocate for more effective measures to address hateful speech and hate crimes.
- Locally, I will continue to support our local LGBT Center OC and other organizations who advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community and provide services that ensure its well-being and positive identity.