Civil Rights

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Democrats have a long and proud history of defending Civil Rights and expanding opportunity for all Americans. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 to including marriage equality in the party platform in 2012, Democrats have fought to end discrimination in all forms—including discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity or national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.

For too many though, this ideal is still far from a reality. That’s why in our fight to stand up for civil rights for all Americans, we are committed to protecting voting rights, enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ensuring marriage equality and equal federal rights for LGBT couples and achieving equal pay for equal work.

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Recent Action
Martin Luther King Memorial dedication
October 16, 2011
President Obama addressed an overflowing crowd gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 16th for the dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Reflecting on the progress our nation has made since the March on Washington—while addressing the work still ahead.
Protecting against racial profiling
The Obama administration filed a lawsuit to prevent an extreme and potentially unconstitutional immigration law from taking effect in Arizona.
Strengthening our commitment to freedom of the press
Democrats passed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, reinforcing America’s commitment to freedom of the press around the world by directing the State Department to report countries that violate that freedom.