In between press interviews, Congressman Lieu joins LGBT activists on the steps of the Supreme Court to celebrate the court's historic ruling on marriage equality.
"The LGBT movement has made incredible strides and achieved victories that seemed impossible even five or ten years ago. However, there is great work left to be done as we continue to combat ignorance and bigotry. LGBT Americans still face significant barriers to marriage equality, equal access to education, and strong protections against employment discrimination. Our country’s founding principles of liberty and equality will not be fully realized until we eliminate injustices such as conversion therapy and discrimination based on orientation or gender identity. We must engage in a tireless mssion to secure a better future for all Americans, no matter who they love."
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Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement following President Trump’s decision to bar transgender people from serving in the United States Military.
In a Wednesday morning tweet thread, President Donald Trump announced his plan to bar transgender people from serving in the US military. His declaration was met with confusion and dismay as it came on the heels of an Obama-era policy that was supposed to begin allowing transgender soldiers to openly serve in the armed forces July 1, but was stalled for six months.
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A newly passed Alabama state law lauded as protection for teenagers at faith-based youth programs was stripped of language that would have restricted sexual orientation conversion therapy following pressure from a conservative policy group with close ties to the bill’s sponsor.
Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains.
The Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to California's conversion therapy ban this week, effectively upholding the law that prohibits licensed counselors such as social workers and therapists from offering therapy aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity, a practice that's been widely discredited as ineffective and harmful.
It appears the United States government is finally doing right by its citizens. On Monday, The U.S. Supreme Court left intact California's 2012 law banning "gay conversion" therapy.
The measure, which will remain in place, bans licensed doctors, psychologists, family therapists, and social workers from administering any therapy that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation or identity.
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Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a challenge to the constitutionality of the state of California’s law banning so-called “gay conversion therapy.” Mr. Lieu authored the CA ban on conversion therapy in 2012.
In a huge step forward for LGBTQ rights, Democrats in Congress have just introduced a bill that would ban conversion therapy across the nation.
Called the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017, and introduced by Representative Ted Lieu (D-Ca.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wa.), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), the bill would label conversion therapy treatments as fraud with the Federal Trade Commission, bringing an end to most anti-LGBTQ therapy programs across the country.