Letter from Tim Kaine – D-VA about HR5

My Virginia Senator wrote me back about HR5 and I want all my friends to read his response (He is Democrat)…

June 11, 2019

Dear Dr. Knight:

Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. I appreciate hearing from you.

I believe that all people should be treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. As Governor, my first act was to sign an Executive Order banning discrimination against state employees for sexual orientation.

In the U.S. Senate, I am proud to have been one of 212 members of Congress who signed an amicus brief that challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the U.S. Supreme Court. This brief argued that there was no legitimate federal interest in denying married same-sex couples the same legal security, rights and responsibilities that federal law provides to all other married couples. I welcome that, in June 2013, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA as unconstitutional.

The LGBT community has experienced many challenges, but also successes, on its long road towards equality. Following the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” our brave patriots in uniform can finally serve the country they love no matter whom they love. An increasing number of LGBT legislators are elected to Congress, and in June 2015, the Supreme Court extended the right to marriage to same-sex couples across the country.

Despite these important advancements, LGBT Americans still lack critical legal protections against discrimination. That is why I have cosponsored the Equality Act. This bill would amend federal civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, and federal jury service. I was pleased that on May 17th, 2019, the House passed this bill by a vote of 236 to 173. No Americans should be banned from a jury, evicted, fired, or denied public accommodations because of who they are or whom they love.

Please be assured that I will continue to fight for equal protection under the law for all Americans. I believe our country is making important and unmistakable progress in becoming a more tolerant and accepting society. Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely,

Tim Kaine