Mia believes everyone deserves protection from discrimination. Maryland's diversity, rich culture, and history is one of our state's biggest strengths. Mia is a strong supporter of the Equality Act and has joined the fight to protect all Marylanders from hate crimes and bigotry.
Mia affirms and defends the rights of students to read age appropriate books in their local school and public libraries. As a LGBTQ Veteran, Mia understands the importance of the moment we find ourselves in, and the historical parallels that presently exist and imperil civil rights and liberties for people all over the state of Maryland.
On July 1st 2023, Maryland embraced historic legislation that will stop punishing people for using cannabis, allowing our state to become an industrial pioneer in the cannabis industry. We've created jobs and set the conditions for a ripe economic reward for our state. Now the fight continues to ensure our transition to legal cannabis is explicitly anti-racist, inclusive, and benefits Black and Indigenous people, leaving no one behind.
The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.
The bipartisan Equality Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and in the Senate by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on March 13, 2019. The bill was introduced with 287 original cosponsors—the most congressional support that any piece of pro-LGBTQ legislation has received upon introduction. The Equality Act was passed in the House by a bipartisan vote of 236-173 on May 17, 2019. As of 2022 the Equality Act Passed the House again on 2/25/2021. We're asking the House to pass this Bill. Sadly, the House is under GOP control until 2025. Therefore, we need to take back the House in 2024 to pass this historic bill.