Clinton believes in equality for all

To the Editor:

All Americans deserve the same protections, privileges, and liberties guaranteed to us by the US Constitution. We find ourselves in the primary of another presidential election cycle, and so much of the rhetoric violates the tenants of the Constitution. Candidate after candidate is rejecting the idea of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans, sequestering it to only a select few.

That is, except one candidate: Hillary Clinton. As an educator, and as an out gay man, I knew I had to support Hillary Clinton in the primary election. No other candidate has the record she does on human rights and defending the ability of ALL Americans to pursue their own version of the American Dream.

She has supported bills in Congress that defend minorities from discrimination. This includes the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would allow every American to live and work without fear of being punished by their employers for who they are. She has defended American citizens against measures from the Republican Party that would legalise discrimination: a concept that flies in the face of the ideals of the Founding Fathers. As Secretary of State, she worked with the White House to extend protections and benefits to same-sex partners of State Department employees, something that the White House would extend to all federal employees.

“Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” Clinton said in 2011, mirroring her 1995 speech to the UN Council on Women’s Rights. It is no surprise then that the LGBTQ community, their supporters, and all Americans who support equality have one clear choice when it comes to choosing the next president to fight for ALL Americans: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Ryan Richman