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Equality and Civil Rights

Working towards greater equality and strengthening civil rights is central to the American ideal of achieving a more perfect union. We can be proud of the progress we have made, yet there is more work to be done. Unfortunately, much of our progress is under siege by an Administration that seeks to divide us with policies that take us backwards.

Federal law broadly protects the ideals of equality and fairness for all Americans. Yet, the current Administration seeks to undermine them at every turn – with extreme executive orders, legal positions, and judicial appointments. Our civil rights laws must be vigorously enforced and, where appropriate, expanded. All Americans should be protected against discrimination. In this connection, we must endeavor to ensure that our law enforcement authorities treat all citizens with fairness and due process.

Dramatic progress has been made over the past decade in the area of LGBTQ rights, as the Supreme Court swept away DOMA and made marriage equality the law of the land. Yet more progress needs to be made. In too many states, it is still legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is unacceptable and that’s why I support a federal guarantee of equal rights for all.

Another frontier in the area of achieving greater equality is seeking to combat ageism. For too long, older Americans have been excluded from their proper place in the workforce and culture. In many societies, older people are revered for their wisdom and experience; in ours they are discriminated against and discounted. (I am proud that both my parents are still researchers and teachers well into their 70s and am glad that they have the ability to choose to continue working). Although discrimination on the basis of age is prohibited under federal law, the rights of older Americans have not been sufficiently enforced and defended. I want to ensure that this does not continue and that there are strong voices in Congress to speak up for the interests of older Americans.

Ensuring that all Americans have the unfettered right to liberty, opportunity, and happiness – no matter who you are or where you are from – is the cornerstone of American democracy. It is why I will always work for greater protections against discrimination and oppression and towards greater fairness and equality for all Americans.

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