Van Hollen and Cardin join colleagues in presenting a resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month

June 10, 2022

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) presented a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The senators’ resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ people have made to American society, notes several milestones in the fight for equal treatment for LGBTQ Americans, and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ people. The resolution also acknowledges how the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending bill to strike down Roe vs. Wade could potentially undermine and erode other constitutional rights also based on privacy, including the right for same-sex couples to marry or engage in consensual relationships without risk of criminal prosecution.

As we mark the start of Pride Month, we celebrate the progress our nation has made, but recognize that the fight is far from over as many LGBTQ+ Americans still do not enjoy equal protections under the law. », said Senator Van Hollen. “I will continue to work to fight for the rights of all members of the LGBTQ+ community and to pass the Equality Act to ensure that no American is discriminated against because of who they are. It will bring us closer to defending the ideals on which our country was founded – freedom and justice for all.

“We dedicate the month of June to celebrating the triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community while recognizing their struggles and the work that remains to be done. In this Pride month, it is essential that we stand together to elevate and support LGBTQ+ voices, especially our children, at a time when local and state legislatures are attacking their rights. No one should be afraid to be true and authentic themselves,” said Senator Cardin.

“More than 50 years ago, the Stonewall Uprising, led largely by trans women of color, brought national attention to the ongoing movement for justice that endures today in Ohio and throughout all the countries”, said Senator Brown. “This Pride Month – and throughout the year – we recommit to gender equality and social, economic and racial justice, and to uphold marriage equality as a constitutional right. guaranteed by the Supreme Court seven years ago.”

“Everyone has the right to live their authentic life without discrimination or hatred. I am proud of the tremendous progress made in the fight for justice, equality and inclusion,” said Senator Feinstein. “This Pride Month, as we celebrate this progress, let’s also recognize that we still have work to do and continue to push for true equality.”

“This month, and throughout the year, we celebrate, recognize and uplift the LGBTQ+ community,” said Senator Smith. “The freedom to live and love openly is fundamental. This Pride month, we recognize the courage and achievements of those who have been on the front lines of the LGBTQ movement and recommit ourselves to the fight for justice. and equality. I’m proud to help lead this resolution.”

In 2021, Senate Democrats reintroduced the Equality Act, legislation to ensure that civil rights laws prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would unequivocally prohibit discrimination in a host of areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, access to credit, federal financial aid, and education.

Along with Senators Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown, Feinstein and Smith, the resolution was co-sponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Maggie Hassan (DN.H.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Angus King (I-Maine), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) , Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (DN .Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), Cory Booker (DN.J.), Patrick Leahy (D- Vt.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jack Reed (DR.I.), Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) , Martin Heinrich (DN.M.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Bob Menendez (DN.J.), Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.), Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) , Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Michael Bennet (D -Colo .), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.).

The full text of the resolution is available here.

This year’s Pride Resolution has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

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