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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It took barely the first two sentences of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s narration of the momentous majority decision on same-sex marriage before the tears came for lead plaintiff, Jim Obergefell. In a widely anticipated 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held last Friday that marriage equality is now the law in all 50 states.
Madeleine Troup, of Houston, wipes tears of joy away Friday after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Except for some reporters and cameras on the East Front, the Capitol grounds were fairly quiet Friday morning, standing in stark contrast to the electric crowds across the street.
Today, in Michael Ferguson v. JONAH – a case brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Jersey Superior Court against practitioners of so-called “conversion therapy” – the jury found that the defendants providing this dangerous and discredited anti-LGBT practice are guilty of fraud under New Jersey’s consumer protection laws. HRC praised the decision as an important legal victory.
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey -- For years, Benjamin Unger had lived uneasily with the knowledge that he liked other guys, but in 2007, at 19 years old, the expectations of adulthood were looming. For religious Orthodox Jews in Unger’s community, this meant two things: marriage to a woman, and having children. So Unger called JONAH.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The court has ruled in favor of marriage equality. Congressman Lieu serves as a Vice Chair of the House LGBT Equality Caucus and joined 167 Representatives and 44 Senators in filing an amicus curiae brief for this case in support of marriage equality.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) released the following statement on this afternoon’s jury decision in Ferguson v. Jews Offering New Opportunities for Healing (JONAH), a landmark lawsuit alleging that so-called “conversion therapy” is fraud. In a unanimous verdict, the jury found that JONAH violated New Jersey consumer protection laws by offering conversion therapy services and claiming they could change their clients’ sexual orientation. Earlier this year, Congressman Lieu introduced H.R.
Today, Congressman Lieu released a video statement honoring June 2015 as LGBT Pride Month:
"I want to join all Americans and the LGBT community in commemorating LGBT Pride Month. Every June, we honor the courageous work of activists fighting for equality and celebrate the huge advances they have made. The LGBT movement has made incredible strides and achieved victories that seemed impossible even five or ten years ago.
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