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In the eyes of our government, everyone should count. That's my basic governing philosophy, what inspires me to get up every morning to serve in Congress.

The founding documents of the United States of America include the words "All men are created equal," and the threshold above the doors of the highest court in our country is engraved with the words "Equal Justice Under Law."

But this country's enduring failure is that those words have only been guaranteed to straight, rich, white, Protestant men for the majority of our history.

Discrimination against LGBTQ+ people is still legal in 30 states. LGBTQ+ Americans can still be fired or denied housing because of who they love. LGBTQ+ Americans face uncertainty and death threats each and every day.

It's in our power to fight this. Because each day that we fail to live up to the ideals and values that define this American experiment is a day that we know we must be better.

But today — on the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that struck down segregation and the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts — the House of Representatives passed legislation that would end such legal discrimination.

I wrote about these efforts, the path forward, and more in Vice. I'd be grateful to have your thoughts and support as we move forward on the cause of equal rights for all of us.


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Posted on May 17, 2019.

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Joe Kennedy III represents Massachusetts' 4th District in Congress. A principled and passionate advocate for economic, social, and racial justice, Joe is working to improve access to quality, affordable health care, and is determined to fight for all who call this country home.

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