- I support equal rights for every American, including members of the LGBT community.
- I support equal marriage rights for every American.
- I support any legislation to end discriminatory behavior including harsher penalties for hate crimes based on sexual orientation.
I believe in our founding principle of equality under the law and will support equal rights for each and every one of my constituents in all aspects of their lives. I do not believe the government has the right to legislate morality and I support the rights of every individual to make their own personal decisions. The government cannot pick and choose which of its citizens have rights and should offer the option of marriage, with full and equal rights, to all of its citizens.
I support the free practice of religion. These beliefs are not contradictory; in fact, the separation of church and state is for the benefit of both the church and the state. I support the right of religious institutions to make their own choices and follow their own values. However, citizens that do not belong to that religion should not be forced to live by those values. That choice is up to each individual, and our government must remain neutral.
In many states, LGBT citizens are not being treated equally. They are being discriminated against in the workplace and by their government. Couples cannot visit their loved one in the hospital, and are paying greater taxes because their status is not recognized. I will work to eliminate all discrimination and ensure every religious institution, and every citizen, has the freedom to make their own choices without government picking sides.