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February 11, 2015Press Item
Today the Congress came together in a spirit of bipartisanship to honor those who marched for voting rights in Selma fifty years ago. 
February 11, 2015Press Item
I rise in strong support of this bill of which I am a co-sponsor, honoring the brave men and women who marched in Selma. 
February 11, 2015Press Item
Twenty-five years ago, Nelson Mandela took his first steps into freedom from captivity on Robben Island, where he had been held as a political prisoner for eighteen of his twenty-seven years behind bars.
February 2, 2015Press Item
We mark Black History Month this year by celebrating the legacy of the thousands who braved violence and intimidation a half-century ago when they stood up for the equal right to vote. 
January 27, 2015Press Item
Mitchell Rivard scanned through the House Members' Handbook in 2013, proofreading as he went, when a line gave him pause: Personnel decisions must be free from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, and more. Nowhere did it mention sexual orientation or gender identity.
January 27, 2015Press Item
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and a few of his Democratic colleagues are urging other members of Congress to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers in their office anti-discrimination policies.
January 20, 2015Press Item
This evening, President Obama laid out a vision of an America that prioritizes a strong and growing middle class. 
December 4, 2014Press Item
My heart goes out to the family of Eric Garner, who continue to seek justice for his tragic death on July 17.
November 7, 2014Press Item
One year ago today, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act by a strong bipartisan vote of 64-32. 
September 17, 2014Press Item
As Thomas Jefferson, and those who wrote with him said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident.’ What we have found throughout history is, it may be self-evident, but it is not self-executed. That is why this legislation is necessary.
September 9, 2014Press Item
Mr. Speaker, September should be a particularly important month for this House. It will be a month of contrast. It will be a month in which the American people will be able to see that the Republican message to the American people is ‘you're on your own,’ while Democrats say ‘we're on your side.’
July 23, 2014Press Item
I applaud the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on approving yesterday the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a critical treaty that would enshrine in international law America’s efforts to ban discrimination against people with disabilities.
July 23, 2014Press Item
This evening, the House is considering a series of important bills that will help combat the scourge of human trafficking. 
July 21, 2014Press Item
Last month, President Obama announced that he would be using his executive authority to prevent federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers in both hiring and employment, and today he has fulfilled that promise. 
July 2, 2014Press Item
When President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, it was the culmination of a movement for equality and desegregation.
June 26, 2014Press Item
I think the President, if there is no action in the next few weeks, is going to be impelled by his moral responsibility to act himself.
June 26, 2014Press Item
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted crucial voter protections. 
June 26, 2014Press Item
Today, as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages, let us pay tribute to all those who have stood up, marched, and spoken out for LGBT equality and pride. 
June 24, 2014Press Item
I was proud to stand with other Congressional leaders today as the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King were posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor.
June 20, 2014Press Item
Today’s report by the Justice Department further demonstrates the Obama Administration’s commitment to advancing equality for same-sex spouses and their families.
June 20, 2014Press Item
Fifty years ago, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were brutally murdered while trying to register African Americans to vote in Mississippi.