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Democrat NY 26

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  • Marriage Equality

    by Representative Brian Higgins

    Posted on 2015-01-07

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    HIGGINS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, yesterday, Florida became the 36th State to [[Page H57]] legalize marriage equality. Now more than 70 percent of Americans live in a State where sexual orientation does not dictate who can be married.



    Our Nation was founded on basic principles of freedom and equality, and no law should discriminate against individuals on the basis of who they are. We have come a long way since 2004 when Massachusetts became a pioneering State in the fight for marriage equality. But the fight is not over.

    I am a proud to be an original cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, reintroduced in the House yesterday. This legislation will allow same-sex couples to receive equal and fair treatment under Federal law regardless of their State's marriage laws.

    As we begin the 114th Congress, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to make sure that we have laws in place to end discrimination toward individuals, regardless of their gender, race, religious background, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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