All Americans are entitled to be treated equally under the law, regardless of whom they love. As Americans, we are all equal. Anything otherwise is just wrong.
In 2015 the Supreme Court, in a major landmark decision, recognized that marriage is an institution reflective of the love between two people, period. It was a great victory for our nation.
I also felt it was a personal victory as well. As a member of Congress I actively worked to bring equality to reality, including strongly supporting the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA. I campaigned on equality in my first campaign in 2012, and in my subsequent campaigns since. June 26, 2015 is a day I will long remember and celebrate.
Unfortunately, our work is not yet complete. Sadly, in too many states, couples that can now legally marry can still be fired from their jobs or kicked out of their homes, simply because of whom they love. That is wrong.
I believe we should all be judged in our jobs and careers by the quality of our work and the value we bring to our workplace. No one should have to face discrimination in the workplace or in their ability to earn a living and provide for their family.
That’s why I helped introduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the current list of employment protections that include age, gender, religion, race, and disability.
And it is why I strongly supported the Equality Act. It is unconscionable to allow people to be legally discriminated against, whether in the workplace, in purchasing a home, or conducting their day-to-day business. The Senate needs to follow the House's example and pass this vital piece of legislation.