Throughout her career, Carolyn Maloney has been a champion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights. In a country that prides itself on acceptance and diversity, Carolyn knows that we cannot tolerate discrimination against LGBT Americans. Carolyn was one of the first people in Congress to fight for marriage equality, and as a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus she is doing everything possible to end LGBT discrimination across the country.
Her major efforts on behalf of the LGBT community include:
– Introducing the first domestic partnership bill ever seen in New York State, which Carolyn did in 1986 as a New York City Councilwoman. She was also a key supporter of a New York City bill that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, public accommodations, and housing.
– Opposing the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Carolyn was one of only 67 House members to oppose DOMA when it was originally passed into law in 1996. From the beginning Carolyn believed that DOMA was an unconstitutional assault on the rights of Americans to choose who they wish to marry and she worked to overturn DOMA ever since, cosponsoring The Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA, and supporting amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court that called for DOMA to be overturned. It took longer than it should have but in 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court finally declared DOMA unconstitutional, paving the way for marriage equality nationwide.
– Cosponsoring the Equality Act. LGBT Americans can now get married on a weekend but still get fired on Monday just for being who they are. That’s because many of our federal civil rights laws don’t effectively protect LGBT Americans from discrimination. The Equality Act to would change that by expanding the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing federal laws to make sure that LGBT Americans can live their lives free from discrimination of any kind.
– Supporting the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” a U.S. military policy that forced over 13,000 talented lesbian, gay and bisexual soldiers out of the military because of their sexual orientation.
–Introducing the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act, an act that provides the same benefits as the original FMLA (ability to take unpaid leave to care for sick loved ones) to those in domestic partnerships.