I’m proud that Massachusetts has led the nation in protecting and promoting equality – from marriage equality to the recently passed Transgender Equal Rights Bill. Congress and the President have also taken historic steps forward in promoting the cause of fairness and equality, including the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hates Crimes Prevention Act and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
But there is still much work to be done. No one should be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religion. We are a people who believe in equal opportunities, and discrimination on such grounds undermines our most basic values.
I will be a leader for equal rights for all in the U.S. Senate. We must end the two-tiered system created by the Defense of Marriage Act, pass a fully-inclusive Employee Non-Discrimination Act, and work to create welcoming schools and prevent bullying.