Equality

The fight for equality is one of the central struggles of the American story. It is also a major part of my work on behalf of the people of Northern Virginia.

Americans deserve equal treatment under the law without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, or disability. I have worked to advance this principle in a number of ways, from advocating for laws against voter suppression, to authoring legislation opposing the previous administration's Muslim Ban, to continuous advocacy for disabled Americans. I support full equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals, and have cosponsored legislation to ban workplace discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.  In May of 2021, President Biden signed legislation into law which included the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act, a bill I wrote to strengthen our nation's response to hate crimes.