June 01, 2016

Moulton, Democratic Veterans in Congress Condemn North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law for Enabling Discrimination Against Veterans

Lawmakers denounce law that will strip away civil rights protections for LGBT community in North Carolina

Salem, MA – Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and seven fellow members of Congress who also served in the military urged the Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, to reverse his support for North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2). The law sets a statewide anti-discrimination policy which failed to include protections for LGBT Americans. HB2 also includes a broad prohibition on local governments from passing and enforcing additional anti-discrimination laws. Moulton and his colleagues expressed concern that this undermines existing ordinances that protect not only LGBT Americans, but also disabled Americans and veterans.

“It is our Constitutional responsibility to uphold the civil rights of all people, and this law is a blatant effort to strip away protections for the LGBT community in North Carolina,” said Moulton. “This legislation is so sweeping that it has called into question the civil rights of many groups, including our veterans. This is unconscionable.”

Moulton, a Marine veteran who served in Iraq, was joined by Congressmen John Conyers, Jr. (Michigan National Guard 1948-1950; Army 1950-1954; U.S. Army Reserves 1954-1957; Korean War), Ruben Gallego (Marine Corps 2000-2006; Iraq War), Ted Lieu (Active Duty Air Force 1992-1996; Air Force Reserves 2000-present), Jim McDermott (Navy psychiatrist 1968-1970; Vietnam War), José Serrano (Army 1964-1966), Mark Takai (Hawaii Army National Guard 1999-present), and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii Army National Guard 2003-present, Iraq War). Full letter here.

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