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July 24, 2015Press Item
Twenty-five years ago, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law.  
July 23, 2015Press Item
I was proud to join in introducing the Equality Act today.  
July 13, 2015Press Item
The Secretary of Defense's announcement that a working group will be established to study the implications of permitting transgender Americans to serve openly in our military is welcome news.  
July 9, 2015Press Item
Mr. Speaker, there are days in this House when morality and the values of our country as articulated in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of our country summons us to vote as Americans – as moral representatives and as representatives of the values of our country. Today is such a day, my colleagues.
June 26, 2015Press Item
Today, the Supreme Court recognized the fundamental right of every loving couple to marry and have those marriages recognized equally across our country. 
June 9, 2015Press Item
Throughout the month of June, I join in celebrating LGBT Pride Month, an opportunity to honor the contributions gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans have made to our communities, our country, and our world.
April 28, 2015Press Item
Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in preparation for a decision that I believe will be historic and a reaffirmation of the basic value enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution of every individual’s equal rights. 
April 23, 2015Press Item
The Supreme Court next week is hearing more than just an argument about same-sex marriage. It is considering a question fundamental to what it means to be an American.
April 14, 2015Press Item
Today, on Equal Pay Day, we rededicate ourselves to the task of ensuring that working men and women have equal access to the opportunities that allow them to achieve the American Dream.
March 25, 2015Press Item
I’m pleased to join with Rep. Rosa DeLauro and other House Democrats to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act today in the 114th Congress, and I thank Senator Barbara Mikulski for reintroducing it in the Senate. 
March 20, 2015Press Item
There is no reason why the Senate cannot vote immediately on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be our nation's next Attorney General.
March 19, 2015Press Item
I’m pleased to be joining Civil Rights Movement hero Rep. John Lewis, Assistant Leader Clyburn, Ranking Member Conyers, and Ranking Member Brady today to reintroduce the Voter Empowerment Act.
March 17, 2015Press Item
Mr. Speaker, I was proud to join many Members of this House in Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama, from March 6th to 8th to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday,’  which led inexorably to the signing of the Voting Rights Act in August of that same year in 1965.
March 7, 2015Press Item
Thank you Saint John. What a wonderful experience this is for all of us. We owe [Representative] John [Lewis] and Doug [Tanner, Founder of the Faith & Politics Institute] for what they achieved in the past and for all that they continue to do today through the Faith & Politics Institute. 
March 6, 2015Press Item
I am proud to join an amicus brief in the marriage equality cases soon to be argued before the Supreme Court.
March 6, 2015Press Item
This weekend we mark the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday,’ when on March 7, 1965, a determined group of Civil Rights activists set out from Selma on a march to the State Capitol in Montgomery to demand the right to register and to vote. 
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.