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This article is part of a series examining the LGBTQ-related histories of the main Democratic candidates for president. First elected to the U. The bill likely would have passed were it not for the absence of Democratic Sen.
Nine Democratic Presidential candidates came to a Los Angeles auditorium on Thursday evening for sequential half-hour town-hall-style interviews on L. It was unprecedented, both because there had never before been a major, nationally televised L. The last time that the Democrats had a large primary field, in the election, support for same-sex-marriage rights was considered a candidacy killer.
Biden then walked across the stage and put his arm around Cooper, who is gay. Here's how Biden responded:. It also specifies that individuals without the condition can serve, but only if they do so according to the sex they were assigned at birth.
Charlotte Clymer, a transgender woman who works for HRC and tweeted throughout the town halls, gave both candidates high marks for their performances. He got up, and he walked over to me. A smiling Biden joked to Cooper that he had something to tell him as he moved closer and put his arm around him.
The Equality Act would expand the Civil Rights Act of and the Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination in employment, housing, jury selection and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It passed the Democrat-controlled House last month, with support from every member of the party in office. But it will not become law under Mr Trump and the Republican Senate, who will refuse to ratify it. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
An awkward introduction kept Biden from delivering a proper opening statement. Tough questions about his past opposition to same-sex marriage and his more recent kind words for Vice President Mike Pence, a villain to the LGBTQ community, put him in a sarcastic mood. And suddenly, Biden — who as vice president became a hero to the LGBTQ community by endorsing same-sex marriage on national TV at a time when Barack Obama was quiet on the matter — was on the defensive.