“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Our nation has struggled for more than two centuries to make good on the promise contained in the Declaration of Independence and to secure our “unalienable rights.” Our work is not done.
Discrimination continues to prevent too many Americans from enjoying “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I will fight to:
- Strengthen the enforcement of federal civil rights laws.
- Create an equitable criminal-justice system that does not discriminate on the basis of race or income.
- Ensure equal pay for equal work.
- Secure full equality for LGBTQ Americans.
- Allow transgender Americans to serve in the military.
I will fight to protect our civil liberties as well—including the right to privacy. Americans should be able to use the internet and new technologies without fear of intrusion. We should adopt and enforce strong privacy laws to shield personal data from fraud or misuse.
My commitment to liberty and justice is long and enduring. In 1987, I moved to Montgomery, Alabama to work for the Southern Poverty Law Center. I joined the Center’s Klanwatch Project, researching Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi activities around the country and producing intelligence reports for law-enforcement officials. Five years later, I designed and supervised an investigation of employment discrimination for a state civil rights agency.
In the Colorado House, I voted to ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, strengthen hate crimes legislation, and extend legal rights to same-sex couples. I have supported marriage equality since my first election in 2000, and I will continue to champion human rights as Colorado’s next senator.