Even before the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, our nation has had a long, tragic history of denigrating members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender communities. Although the Supreme Court’s decision on constitutional Equal Protection grounds would appear to have settled the matter, there are still some on the Far Right who are intent on re-opening the closets and shoving all those they disagree with back in.
Even worse, some communities are enacting legislation that would legalize discrimination against LGBTQ members. I would support legislation that clarifies that discrimination against LGBTQ people is sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Outside our country, several nations practice discrimination, harassment, persecution, and execution of LGBTQ people. We must ensure that the foreign policy of the United States stands for the proposition that all persons, regardless of where they live or who they love, should be free from fear.