Congressman Dan Kildee

Representing the 5th District of Michigan

Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee Recognizing LGBT Pride Month

Jun 1, 2013
Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month:

“Over the span of just four decades, our country has made great progress in expanding equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, but there is still more work to do. This LGBT Pride Month, I recognize these successes and remain steadfast in the pursuit of equality for all.

“For me, it’s a matter of simple fairness. Like the overwhelming majority of Michiganders and Americans, I have friends and colleagues who are gay and want nothing more for them than the same basic fairness and equality extended to all Americans.

“The tide is certainly turning in favor of full equality for LGBT Americans – including the right to marry who you love. I’m proud to stand with the majority of Michiganders who support marriage equality, and I look forward to celebrating the day – hopefully real soon – when all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation, are treated fairly under the law.”

Congressman Kildee has been a lifelong ally of the LGBT community. Since being in Congress, he has cosponsored both the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment decisions based on sexual orientation, and the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), which would prohibit public schools from discriminating against students on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In March, Congressman Kildee filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and should be overturned. Additionally, Congressman Kildee has been a long-time supporter of marriage equality for LGBT Americans.