Extremists Standing in the Way of EqualityJune 18, 2019
I stood on the floor of the Senate last Wednesday morning, June 12, 2019, to announce my support of the Equality Act. The legislation has already passed the House and continues to pick up co-sponsors in the Senate.
Every single American should be free from discrimination based on who they are or whom they love, no matter where they live. It’s not a complicated concept, and it is not a trivial matter. The Equality Act enshrines into law that federal civil rights laws protect LGBTQ Americans, too.
When I ran for the Senate in 2017, I talked about finding common ground. I still believe we, the American people, have more ideals that unite us than differences that divide us. Equality is one of those ideals. It’s this history and perspective that I write about in my book, Bending Toward Justice.
I am always for listening, debating, and discussing to find the best solution for all. My former colleague Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch last year declared that equality is not a political issue and that we ALL have a stake in it. Others can tell me what they think, and I can listen. But at the end of the day, this bill won’t be brought to the floor. The sad truth is that the Equality Act won’t bring equality to the LGBTQ+ community in 2019. Why? Because of who controls the debate.
Americans want our government to work, and they want our government to take action on this issue. We have an opportunity to codify into law something that will help address the suffering of an entire community of people.
In short, democracy and equality are losing out to partisanship.