Voice for Equality: Rush Holt

U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) serves on the Committee on Education and Labor, the Committee on Natural Resources, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the LGBT Equality caucus among other caucuses.

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Voice for Equality: Frank Pallone, Jr.

On January 6, Frank Pallone, Jr. was officially sworn in for his 11th full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pallone represents New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District, which covers most of Middlesex County, as well as the Bayshore and oceanfront areas of Monmouth County, the township of Plainfield in Union County and Franklin in Somerset County.

In October 2005, Pallone spoke out of marriage equality: "I hope the legislature now passes legislation that defines a union between same-sex couples as marriage."

We congratulate Congressman Pallone for being a Voice for Equality!

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Voice for Equality: Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn in as New York’s Junior Senator on January 27th, 2009, replacing current Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to her appointment to the U.S. Senate, Gillibrand served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing New York’s 20th Congressional District, which spans across ten countries in Upstate New York.

In a video presented at the national dinner for the Human Rights Campaign in February 2009, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-D) cut right to the core of the current debate when she began her statement with, "I believe in marriage equality."

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Voice for Equality: Steve Rothman

U.S. Representative Steve Rothman (NJ-D) found his rainbow connection in June 2008 when he joined the newly formed LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) Equality Caucus in the House, along with 51 other representatives.

 

The goal of the caucus formed by openly gay Reps. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Barney Frank, D-Mass., is to raise awareness in Congress about gay and lesbian issues. He has a Lesbian daughter and also announced his support for marriage equality.
He is a Democrat from Fair Lawn representing the southern portion of Bergen County, parts of northern Hudson County, and the Borough of Hawthorne in Passaic County in New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District. Now serving in his seventh term, Steve is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which allocates all of the funds in the federal budget. He sits on the Defense, State and Foreign Operations, and Homeland Security Subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee. He is also a member of the House Science and Technology Committee's Subcommittees on Space and Aeronautics and Investigations and Oversight.

 

Congratulations to Congressman Rothman for being a Voice for Equality!

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Voice for Equality: Carolyn Maloney

U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-D) was first elected to Congress in 1992. She is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments in financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. On her website, she has said, "I am proud to be among the growing ranks of House Members who support full marriage equality for same-sex couples."

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Voice for Equality: Jerrold Nadler

Jerrold Nadler is an American politician from New York City. A Democrat, Nadler represents New York's 8th congressional district, which includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City.

Representative Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, hailed the ruling by the Supreme Court of Iowa in 2009 that struck down the state’s ban on the freedom to marry.

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Voice for Equality: Anthony Weiner

Although he didn't come from a political or powerful family, New York City is in Anthony Weiner's blood. After spending his toddler years in a Rochdale Village Mitchell-Lama housing unit, Anthony was raised in his birthplace of Brooklyn, and now lives in Queens. The son of a public school teacher, and the product of our public schools, he graduated Brooklyn Technical High School in 1981 and SUNY Plattsburgh in 1985. U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) posted on his Website in May 2008 that, "As someone who has long fought against discrimination, I believe that the time has come to extend to all Americans the fundamental right to marry the person of their choosing, regardless of sexual orientation."

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Voice for Equality: Earl Blumenauer

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) officially endorsed marriage equality in March 2004 when he wrote, "As someone who recently married, I feel no threat to my relationship because others may want to pursue a lifelong and legal commitment to their partner. I support same-sex couples having this right, the same as any couple." Congressman Blumenauer is a lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon. Congressman Earl Blumenauer has devoted his entire career to public service.

Freedom to Marry thanks Congressman Blumenauer for being a Voice for Equality!

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Voice for Equality: Patrick Kennedy

U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) is serving his eighth term in Congress as the representative from the First District of Rhode Island. In June 2008, Kennedy said, "Discrimination against any individual because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is simply unacceptable. That's why I'm so proud to be a founding member of this caucus. The LGBT Equality Caucus will provide a crucial platform in our fight for comprehensive hate crimes legislation, marriage equality and an end to workplace discrimination. At this point in history, we have a unique opportunity to advance the cause of equality."

Congratulations Congressman Kennedy on being a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality!

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Voice for Equality: Steve Cohen

When U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) was in the Tennessee state Senate, he was the only vote opposing the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. A staunch advocate for equal rights, he wrote in a guest blog, “American history is a study in the expansion of human freedoms. What began as equality for white, male landowners has over these centuries blossomed into a guarantee of civil rights for the poor, for women, for all races, creeds, and colors. It is the natural progression of this great expansion of freedom that equal rights now, without any further delay, are extended to the LGBT community.” Stephen I. Cohen is a Member of the House of Representatives for Tennessee's 9th District, roughly encompassing the City of Memphis. He serves on the Judiciary and Transportation committees where he is a fierce campaigner for civil liberties and human rights. Rep Cohen resides in Memphis with his cats and an enviable record collection.

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