Rep. Judy Chu Commemorates LGBT History Month
November 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32) issued the following statement to commemorate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) History Month:
"During Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) History Month, we honor this great community and pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions that it has made throughout our history, their continued struggle for equal rights, and the incredible progress that has already been made.
"All of us, regardless of sexual orientation, provide the threads for the fabric of the American identity. Under the Constitution and as a matter of fundamental fairness, I believe that the LGBT community deserves the same basic human rights heterosexuals enjoy. In the fight for equality, I am honored to stand with advocates of progress. Much has been done, but without a doubt, we still have work to do.
"It is time to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) once and for all. This law does not protect the sanctity of marriage; it merely restricts its definition to the prejudices of a narrow-minded minority. DOMA bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows the states to practice the same intolerance. It is an extremely discriminatory law and it must be repealed. The Respect for Marriage Act, which I am a proud cosponsor, would revoke this hurtful law.
"Recently, the Justice Department decided to no longer defend DOMA in the federal courts; however, detractors such as Speaker Boehner and the Republican Congress are wasting precious taxpayers' dollars by hiring outside lawyers to defend the law themselves. Their misguided actions are drastically out of step with the American people. As we work for progress, it is imperative we repeal DOMA to ensure its prejudicial provisions fade into history. This is why I signed an amicus brief to federal courts calling DOMA what it is: unconstitutional.
"As we continue to fight injustice, it is also with great pride we celebrate our accomplishments. Just last month, the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was repealed. Since 1993, over 13,000 openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members have been discharged because of this unfair policy. Patriots are now no longer forced to lie about who they are in order to serve, protect, and defend our country.
"I am proud of the progress made by the LGBT community, my fellow members of Congress, and others in our collective quest for equality, but we must realize that our work is not done. It has been a long and uphill battle, but equality for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, is on the horizon. It is because of these strong convictions that I have been a tireless advocate for LGBT rights during my time in the House of Representatives."
Rep. Judy Chu is a longtime supporter of equal rights for every American and was awarded a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign for her work in the 111th Congress. She was elected in July 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives as the Representative of California's 32nd District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. She is a member of the House Judiciary and Small Business Committees.