Marriage equality is personal for many American families, including my own. At the age of 15, I gave my first gay rights speech. And in 1978, my brother had the courage to come out when equality was still a distant dream. A few years ago, I was thrilled that my brother and his long-time partner were able to publicly commit themselves in marriage—something they had been denied the right to do for many years.
One of my proudest moments in the Connecticut legislature was my vote for full marriage equality for all couples. While the Supreme Court striking down DOMA was a significant step forward for true equality, there’s still much more we need to do. That is why I am a coauthor of the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity as classes that are banned from discrimination.