As a Marine Corps veteran I have fought to protect the freedoms and liberties all Americans should enjoy, including the freedom to love whoever they want without penalties. Today, members of the LGBTQIA+ community still face threats of violence and discrimination in the housing, healthcare, education, and criminal justice systems. I am a proud ally of the LGBTQIA+ community and I look forward to supporting legislation that protects and advances the rights, dignity, and well-being of LGBTQ people and their families.
The fight for LGBTQIA+ rights and equality began at Stonewall in June 1969 and continues today. On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v Hodges held that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples, thereby rendering state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. I am committed to upholding Obergefell as law of the land and I will vote against any legislation that denies equal rights for legally married same-sex couples. I stand ready to fight to protect the rights of same-sex couples to marry in America.
Today, members of the LGBTQIA+ community still face discrimination in the workplace , schools, sports, churchs, and in the military. As a Member of Congress, I will support anti-discrimination laws and vote for the Equality Act, which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I applaud President Biden’s Executive Order #14004 which ended decades of polices that prohibited transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military and will work to ensure that our military, government agencies, and all federally-funded programs are free of discriminatory practices and policies.
Also, I support legislation that would provide a pathway to legal status for undocumented youth, many of whom are LGBTQIA+ and who came to this country as children, and will work to ensure that LGBTQIA+ identified persons and households are counted in the US Census
When elected to Congress, my office will have a nondiscrimination policy that will include LGBTQIA+ persons and I look forward to welcoming qualified openly LGBTQIA+ personnel on my staff.
Additionally, I am proud to have received the endorsement of the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio.