LGBTQ rights are fundamental to our nation’s values and character. The Trump Administration has disgracefully rolled back Obama-era protections for the LGBTQ community and has worked to undermine basic civil rights. Joining this onslaught of attacks on the LGBTQ community, Senator Gardner has voted to put anti-LGBT judges on the bench. He has failed to support the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people.
As Governor, I was proud to sign a law to expand the Family Medical Leave Act in Colorado to include gay and lesbian partners. And before same-sex marriage was the law of the land across the country, we passed civil unions here in Colorado. We also updated the state’s prohibition on profiling for law enforcement to include sexual orientation and gender identity, and also implemented new rules in the Colorado Civil Rights Division to include additional protections for the LGBTQ community.
LGBTQ Coloradans deserve a senator who stands up for them, and I couldn’t be more proud to be named a Pro-Equality candidate by One Colorado, Colorado’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization. If elected, I commit to being an ally in the fight to pass the Equality Act, and to aggressively push back against legislation that discriminates against the LGBTQ community.