WASHINGTON — Hawai‘i U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono joined fellow Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tina Smith (D-MN) and all 50 Senate Democrats in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
The resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans, and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals.
The resolution also recognizes how the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade could potentially undermine and erode other constitutional rights also grounded in privacy, including the right for same-sex couples to marry or engage in consensual relationships without the risk of criminal prosecution.
“During Pride Month, we celebrate the right of every person to live as their full and authentic self,” said Hirono. “We’ve made great progress in advancing equity and justice for LGBTQ+ people, but amid a rise in anti-LGBTQ+ policies and rhetoric, it’s clear our work is far from over. This Pride Month, and all year round, I’m fighting to pass the Equality Act and help ensure LGBTQ+ in Hawai‘i and across our country can live and thrive free from discrimination.”
In 2021, Senate Democrats re-introduced the Equality Act, legislation to ensure civil-rights laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would unequivocally ban discrimination in a host of areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, access to credit, federal funding assistance and education.
Along with Sens. Hirono, Brown, Feinstein, and Smith, the resolution was co-sponsored by all 50 Senate Democrats, including Hawai‘i’s Brian Schatz (D-HI).
The resolution has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Ohio.
Source: The Garden Island