After returning from Iraq, I moved to Arizona and quickly became politically active on LGBTQ issues. In 2006, I worked on the campaign against an Arizona ballot initiative that would have amended the Arizona constitution to prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages or civil unions. Our campaign was successful and Arizona became the first state in the nation to defeat a same-sex marriage ban.
I have a long history of working with the Human Rights Campaign, joining HRC and Voices of Honor in 2009 to push the Obama administration to overturn the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Since being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010, I have co-sponsored bills granting Marriage Equality in Arizona and creating a state version of the Employer Nondiscrimination Act. I have a 100% rating from Equality Arizona.
I played a central role in forcing Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto the discriminatory SB 1062, a bill allowing businesses to deny service based on sexual orientation. I was a harsh critic of the bill and drew significant national media attention to the effort by announcing on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives that the bill would create “open season” on the LGBTQ community. I held up a large sign reading “No Gays Allowed” during his speech and said supporters of the bill might as well post it in businesses throughout the state.
As a United States Congressman, I will: