I fought too long and too hard to end discrimination based on race and color, to not stand up against discrimination against our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As your representative in Congress, I work daily to combat injustice and fight for equality.
Human rights, civil rights, these are issues of dignity. Every human being walking this Earth, whether gay, lesbian, straight, or transgender, is entitled to the same rights. It is in keeping with America’s promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Congressman Lewis is proud to be a cosponsor and advocate of the following bills:
- ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
- Respect for Marriage Act (bill to repeal DOMA)
- Tax Equity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act
- Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act
- Equal Access to COBRA Act
- Family Leave Insurance Act
- Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act
- Early Treatment for HIV Act
- Uniting American Families Act
- Reuniting American Families Act
- Every Child Deserves a Family Act
- Student Non-Discrimination Act
- Safe Schools Improvement Act
- Healthy Families Act
- Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Representative John Lewis (GA) introduced H.R. 5806, the HIV Epidemic Loan-Repayment Program (HELP) Act. This legislation would support existing health care professionals and encourage those who aspire to support those living with HIV/AIDS.
WASHINGTON – In the United States, there are more than 400,000 children in the child welfare system. Of these foster youth, over 100,000 children eagerly await a permanent family. Unfortunately, LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system. An estimated 30 percent of foster youth identify as LGBTQ, and they are more likely to experience poor treatment, discrimination, or violence while in care.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (D-GA) and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) sent a letter to two U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials regarding an HHS waiver that exempts organizations from federal foster care religious non-discrimination rules under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
WASHINGTON – Today, three key members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined community organizations in opposing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services action granting a waiver to the State of South Carolina allowing religious organizations to use federal funds to discriminate against foster families on the basis of religion and sexual orientation.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John Lewis issued the below statement following the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in one of the most closely watched cases of the term, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission:
“I was disappointed when I heard of the Supreme Court’s decision on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The fight for LGBT rights did not end with marriage equality, and it will not end with yesterday’s decision.
“I have fought too long and hard to end discrimination based on race and color to allow discrimination based on gender identity to be considered acceptable.
“This mean, misguided policy takes us back to another place, a darker time. How is it acceptable to target those who love our country so much that they put their bodies and livelihood on the lines for its defense? This is a sad and dark day.
“Just when I thought the news from the White House could not get any worse, Donald Trump signs another hypocritical executive order. From the moment he set foot in the Oval Office, he has done exactly what he falsely accused President Barack Obama of doing. He is by-passing the legislative role of Congress, negating the fundamental value of public argument and debate, and changing the foundation of American law.
“As the details of this tragic incident become more clear, I am deeply saddened and very disturbed by what has been visited on the Orlando community. As I said earlier today, how many more must die? How long must we wander through this dark killing field filled with the broken bodies of hundreds—even precious little children—before we finally take strong action against the accessibility of assault weapons in this country?
"This is a great day in America. The Supreme Court made the right decision today, a decision that is long-overdue. I have said this for a long time, and I am so glad to see that our nation has finally come to this understanding: If two men or two women want to fall in love and get married, it is their business. No government has the right to authorize whom a person should love. And it is better to love than to hate.
Rep. John Lewis made this statement today upon hearing that President Obama intends to issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
"This is a very important step forward," said Rep. John Lewis. "The federal government, the largest employer in the United States, played a primary role in ending legalized discrimination based on race. Today President Obama has joined two great presidents by leading this nation to take one more step down a very long road toward laying down the burden of discrimination altogether.