This is a HUGE accomplishment for equality!
We couldn't be happier that she's doing what is right!
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida, announced today that she will be co-sponsoring the bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, making her the second of her party to join the LGBT Equality Caucus, alongside Richard Hanna of New York!
“I voted against the constitutional amendment defining marriage [in 2006] so I’m pleased to cosponsor the repeal of DOMA and work with my colleagues on marriage equality.”
And Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the original sponsor of the House DOMA repeal bill, says:
“She is a tremendous ally in the world’s struggles for freedom and against oppression and discrimination. She is widely recognized as a champion of human rights and human dignity. And her support reminds us that the march to repeal the discriminatory DOMA is not a partisan issue. … [T]he drive to end DOMA is — and must be — a collective, nonpartisan effort that unites Americans behind a simple push for equality.”
Such a bold and brave move!
Slowly but surely, perceptions are changing - and they will only continue to!
This is an EQUAL RIGHTS issue, and eventually, this country will recognize the LGBT community as deserving of those SAME RIGHTS that everyone else has!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, for taking such a brave step! We sincerely hope that many will soon follow!
And check out her speech regarding the issue…AFTER THE JUMP!
[Image via AP Images.]
It is an honor to be here at the 2011 Spirit of Lincoln Awards reception.
I also want to congratulate Log Cabin Republican Executive Director Clark Cooper and Deputy Executive Director Christian Berle for putting together this wonderful event.
Over the years, we have made important steps in securing equal rights for all Americans.
As a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality caucus, I have worked to extend equal rights to the LGBT community and eliminate hate-motivated crimes.
However, I know that without each and every one of you my voice would be lost in the background.
As a result of your tireless work, we have won great victories in the last few years such as the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and New York’s passage of marriage equality.
For too many years, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” made many of our brave men and women hide who they are.
Many went from one day to the next always worried whether they were going to be discharged.
No one who wants to serve in our armed forces should be turned away due to sexual orientation.
This summer, New York’s state legislature recognized the right of same-sex couples to marry.
This historic event was also a triumph for limited government.
As Republicans, we are committed to ensure that the federal governments play its proper role.
Defining marriage is not part of that role.
We are here tonight for equality and self worth.
All of us know that LGBT equality is not about creating “special rights;”
It is about ensuring the individual rights we all share as we fight for equality and justice.
As Republicans, we believe that our individual rights are not granted by our government.
They are our birth-right.
We also believe individuals should be judged on their merits and accomplishments and not by their race, religion or sexual orientation.
That is why the work Log Cabin Republicans does is so important.
You are able to show that conservative principles dovetail perfectly into issues of freedom and equality.
Those of the very issues the LGBT community has been fighting for and will continue to fight for.
With your help our country will continue its journey towards that “more perfect union” and give every individual, in the words of President Lincoln, “an unfettered start in the race of life.”