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2024 marks the thirteenth year since the legalization of marriage equality in New York State, which Joe helped pass during his time as Majority Leader of the State Assembly. Sadly, far too many people across our nation still live their lives in fear of prejudice and discrimination. That fear is even greater now that the Supreme Court has threatened the future of marriage equality.


Throughout his time in public service, Joe has been on the front lines in the fight for equal rights. In Congress, he has kept up this fight through his work to pass legislation that protects and guarantees the inherent dignity, respect, and equality every person deserves.

In Congress, Joe has co-sponsored the following legislation: 


HR 5 The Equality Act

Would provide explicit, consistent protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service, and public accommodations.

HR 1201 The International Human Defense Act

Would require that the State Department prevent and respond to discrimination and violence against the LGBTQ+ community, devise a global strategy to address discrimination, and promote international LGBTQ+ human rights.

HR 1379 The Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act

To amend the Child Abuse Prevention Act to ensure protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and their families.

HR 4146 The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act

Seeks to end the practice of conversion therapy by classifying commercial conversion therapy and advertising that claims to change sexual orientation and gender identity as fraud.

HR 4176 The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act

Would improve federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed Sexual orientation and gender identity for the purpose of better understanding the problems that LGBTQ people experience and developing effective policies and programs to address them.

HR 5342 The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act

Would require institutions of higher education to establish policies to prohibit harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, or religion.

HR 3488 John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act

Would prohibit discrimination against children, teens, and parents on the basis of religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status by child welfare agencies receiving Federal funds.

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