Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in response to the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “As Attorney General, Jeff Sessions actively undermined voting rights and civil rights. Sessions has a horrific record when it comes to protecting the individual rights of American citizens, and I expressed my serious concerns with him at … READ MORE
All Americans, no matter who they are or whom they love, deserve full equality. I’m fighting in Congress to make this a reality. I support legislation that ensures LGBTQ+ folks are not being discriminated against in any form. People in the LGBTQ+ community must have complete and unobstructed access to healthcare, have the ability to shop in whatever stores they wish to, regardless of the owner’s personal beliefs, and have the freedom to use the restroom that matches their gender identity.
Additionally, I am appalled by the Trump Administration’s plan to ban transgender service members and recruits from serving in the military. As the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have been an outspoken leader in the fight to stop this policy. Service members and veterans should not be attacked for who they are by the country that they serve.
Particularly in the past few decades, we have seen significant, positive strides in the fight for the full equality for LGBTQ+ people, notably including marriage equality. I’m committed to continuing this important work and will always work in tandem with local LGBTQ+ advocates and organizations to understand how I can best advocate for our LGBTQ+ community in Congress.
Adam’s Work on LGBTQ+ Issues:
- Co-sponsor of H.R. 2282, the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation as prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation
- Longtime supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, even from my time in the State Senate in the 1990s
- Strongly supported H.Res.405, which supported making June 26th LGBT Equality Day
- Co-sponsored H.Res.332, which supports the ideals and goals of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia