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Civil Rights & Equality

Since its inception, our nation has had a long history of fighting for liberties and expanding opportunities and protections to all members of society. Ensuring all Americans, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation, equal opportunities for success and happiness only serves to strengthen the very core of our country. I support equal rights and remedying existing inequities so that we can remain a model of inclusiveness and fairness. The Supreme Court decision ending discrimination against same-sex couples was fair and right, and I will continue to support equality for all Americans.

  • Despite major advancements for LGBT Americans, there are still areas where federal protections fall short. To address this, I cosponsored the Equality Act, a bill that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in a host of areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, access to credit, and federal funding. 
  • In February of 2017, the targeting of Jewish schools, synagogues and community centers caused great concern around our country and in Maine. I took immediate action by writing to then-Secretary John Kelly, then-FBI Director James Comey, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking them to address these threats. 
  • I also spoke out against hate and racism in the wake of the Charlottesville protests in August 2017. Click here to see my interview with WCSH 6.
  • The Voting Rights Act stands as a strong pillar of our country. Yet in 2014, the Shelby County v. Holder decision stripped away some very important voter protections. I am proud to cosponsor the Voting Rights Advancement Act to once again ensure voter protections are part of federal statute. 
  • Protecting the rights of our citizens is vitally important, especially when it comes to seizing property without due process of law. That’s why I worked in a bipartisan way to introduce the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act which requires the government to prove its case before seizing property from Americans. I also wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to express concerns over the Department of Justice’s civil forfeiture policy.

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