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EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL

posted Feb 15, 2016, 11:45 AM by Lane Siekman   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 8:34 AM ]

Lane Siekman supports equal rights for all. We have made remarkable progress on individual rights in this country in a relatively short amount of time. But there is still much work to be done. We still has a long way to go in addressing the issue of gender inequality. Women’s rights have been under attack for too long. There are those that are denying women control over their own bodies, preventing access to vital medical and social services, and blocking equal pay for equal work. In many states including Indiana, it is still legal to fire someone for being gay. It is legal to deny someone housing for being transgender. Lane believes that this  is unacceptable and must change. Lane strongly opposes any legislation that purports to “protect” religious liberty at the expense of others’ rights. We must end discrimination in all forms and guarantee everyone equal protection under the law.


NEWS ARTICLE: After a $250 million economic panic and putting state’s “Hoosier Hospitality” reputation on the line, Governor Pence signs a “fix” – LGBT Hoosier still could be discriminated in the workplace, housing, public accommodation.  -WISH, 4.1.15

I support equal rights for all. We have made remarkable progress on individual rights in this country in a relatively short amount of time. But there is still much work to be done.

Despite major advances in civil and political rights, our country still has a long way to go in addressing the issue of gender inequality. Many of the achievements that have been made for women’s rights in the 20th century have been under attack by the Republican party — denying women control over their own bodies, preventing access to vital medical and social services, and blocking equal pay for equal work.

When it comes to the rights of women, we cannot go backwards. We have got to go forward.

We are not going back to the days when women had to risk their lives to end an unwanted pregnancy. The decision about abortion must remain a decision for the woman and her doctor to make, not the government.
We are not going back to the days when women did not have full access to birth control. An Employer who provides health insurance, or any insurance company, should not have the ability to deny coverage for contraception or any other kind of procedure if the employer had a “moral” objection to it. 

We will not go back to the days when survivors of domestic violence had no access to services or recourse against their abusers, because domestic violence was swept under the rug, as a shameful, private issue. Worse yet, it was not so long ago that spousal abuse was legal in many states. We must expand services provided through the Violence Against Women Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, and fight any attempts to undermine these laws.

We are not going back to the days when it was legal for women to be paid less for doing the same work as men. It is wrong that women working full-time only earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. We have got to move forward and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act into law.

In many states, it is still legal to fire someone for being gay. It is legal to deny someone housing for being transgender. That is unacceptable and must change. We must end discrimination in all forms.

We can expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other anti-discrimination laws to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. We must treat LGBT Americans as equal citizens, ensure students can attend school without fear of bullying,  work to reduce suicides, support police departments adopting policies to ensure fairer interactions with transgender people, especially transgender women of color who are often targeted by police unfairly, and instituting training programs to promote compliance with fair policies.

Lane strongly opposes any legislation that purports to “protect” religious liberty at the expense of others’ rights.

We must guarantee everyone equal protection under the law.  

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