LGBTQ+ Rights

I believe love is love and everyone deserves equal protection under the law. I cosponsored and voted for the Equality Act and support the Student Nondiscrimination Act. I was one of the first members of Congress to oppose the ban on transgender service members. I have fought to stop discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in housing and credit lending markets and prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity in adoption and foster care determinations. I even joined my colleagues in several high profile court cases fighting for equal rights (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Gavin Grimm, and Obergefell). I proudly voted for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act and voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Listen for my appearances on GayBC News with Veronika Electronika.

More on LGBTQ+ Rights

Apr 8, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) commended President Joe Biden’s executive actions to end gun violence by saying: “President Biden’s actions today will undoubtedly save lives, especially here in Middle Tennessee where our governor just signed a bill to allow the carrying of firearms without a permit,” Rep. Cooper said. “The House passed expanded background check bills last month that we still need the Senate to bring up for a vote.”

Jan 21, 2021 Page

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