WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement in honor of LGBT Pride Month, which is celebrated during the month of June:
“During LGBT Pride Month, we celebrate the historic strides that LGBT Americans have made in the pursuit of equality, fairness, and civil rights.
“Just under a year ago, the Supreme Court finally guaranteed an individual’s right to marry who they love, regardless of sex.
“Since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, our LGBT service members are now able to serve openly in the military. I’ve advocated on behalf of honorable service members who were unfairly discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. In the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act, I was able to include a provision asking the Department of Defense to look at the feasibility of providing automatic upgrades for service members who were dishonorably discharged solely because of their sexual orientation.
“While we celebrate this extraordinary progress, we must recognize how far we still have to go to ensure that all LGBT Americans are treated equally under the law.
“Across the country and in Congress, we’re still seeing discriminatory attacks on crucial LGBT protections. And under our current laws, LGBT Americans aren’t guaranteed nearly enough vital protections against discrimination.
“It’s time for Congress to pass the Equality Act. Regardless of sexual orientation, all Americans deserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”