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May 5, 2017 Press Release

                “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.

June 13, 2016 Press Release

“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? 

June 26, 2015 Press Release

                "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.

June 16, 2014 Press Release

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.

June 27, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. John Lewis celebrated with opponents of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) legislation after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. The decision is a vindication of a position Rep. Lewis has long held and adamantly express about the unfairness of the act.

May 8, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON-Today Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), all Senate and House lead sponsors, discussed the Every Child Deserves a Family Act of 2013 at a news conference in the U.S.

May 17, 2012 Press Release
Rep. Lewis Teen Dating Violence Prevention Act Closer to Becoming Law
May 10, 2012 Press Release

Rep. John Lewis released this statement today regarding President Barack Obama’s willingness to support same sex marriage equality.  Rep. Lewis has been a long-time, outspoken advocate for equal rights for many underserved Americans, including same sex couples: