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Our nation was founded on the principles of liberty, justice, and freedom for all — and Gary will be an independent voice in the U.S. Senate to make sure our nation lives up to those principles.

No Michigan family should be discriminated against under federal law. That’s why Gary joined his colleagues in signing an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court, urging them to overturn the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — and was proud when the Court made the historic decision to end discrimination against legally married same-sex couples.

No Michigan worker should be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation. Gary cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and is committed to working with his colleagues to see it become law.

No Michigan service member should be discriminated against based on sexual orientation. Gary served with many brave, patriotic, and dedicated men and women during his time in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Their service was never contingent on their sexual orientation, only their ability to serve America. Drawing on his military experience, Gary was a leader in the fight to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in the U.S. House.

No Michigan citizen should live in fear of violence because of who they are. We cannot tolerate violent crimes motivated by hate, prejudice, or bias. That’s why Gary worked to help pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which strengthened existing protections for the victims of hate crimes.

And no Michigan voter should be denied the freedom to have his or her voice heard. Gary opposes efforts to enact draconian voter ID requirements and early voting restrictions that would limit voter participation.  And with the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a vital part of the Voting Rights Act, Gary is committed to finding a sensible, bipartisan solution to fix the VRA and make sure it functions to protect all Michigan voters.