Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on LGBT Pride Month, which is observed throughout the month of June:
“Sunday begins LGBT Pride Month, a time not only to celebrate how far we have come toward achieving the goal of equality for all but also for remembering how much work remains and rededicating ourselves to the task. Since last year, seven additional states have begun recognizing same-sex marriage, and courts have struck down marriage bans in nine others, pending appeals. This follows the historic Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor invalidating the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act’s federal ban on recognizing same-sex marriages in states where they are performed. While these are all important steps forward toward LGBT equality, there are still actions that Congress must take, including passing the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act to end discrimination in the work place as well as taking additional steps to combat bullying of LGBT youth.
“I am proud of my work in Congress to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ to advocate for the end of the Defense of Marriage Act, and to tear down walls of discrimination that have kept LGBT individuals and their families from accessing the full range of opportunities that are our nation’s promise. As we observe LGBT Pride Month, let us do so with gratitude to all those trailblazers who stood up for equal rights and in solidarity with those who continue to do so today.”