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18 Democrats Join Push For Student Non-Discrimination Act

Five days ago, I wrote about the diminishing effort among Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act – legislation introduced by Jared Polis that would prohibit discrimination by schools against students on the basis of their sexual orientation (or perceived sexual orientation). Though the bill gained 171 sponsors when it was first introduced in 2010, there were only 120 cosponsors of the current version, H.R. 1652, at the beginning of this week.

washington d.c.In my earlier article, I identified 36 House Democrats who, though they had cosponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act in the past, had not cosponsored H.R. 1652 this year. Even as popular support for legal equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans grows, visible support for equality among congressional Democrats appears to be on the wane.

A few days later, there’s some good news, though. This week, 10 of the 36 lagging House Democrats got on board and signed their names as cosponsors to the Student Non-Discrimination Act. In addition, 8 other Democrats added their names as cosponsors as well.

That makes 138 cosponsors of the Student Non-Discrimination Act… better, but still not up to the level of support the bill enjoyed three years ago. Society is moving forward from its anti-gay bigotry, and Congress should too. That’s why I’m publishing the full list of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have signed their names in support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act. If you do not see your representative on this list, give his or her office a call, through the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and politely request a cosponsorship of H.R. 1652.

(You may note that, despite all the talk about Republicans shifting their positions to accept the new reality that Americans accept equality on the basis of sexual orientation, there is not yet a single Republican co-sponsor of this bill.)

Members of Congress Who Currently Support The Student Non-Discrimination Act:

Jared Polis (Democrat: CO, District 2)
Robert Andrews (Democrat: NJ, District 1)
Karen Bass (Democrat: CA, District 37)
Xavier Becerra (Democrat: CA, District 34)
Timothy Bishop (Democrat: NY, District 1)
Earl Blumenauer (Democrat: OR, District 3)
Suzanne Bonamici (Democrat: OR, District 1)
Robert Brady (Democrat: PA, District 1)
Bruce Braley (Democrat: IA, District 1)
Corrine Brown (Democrat: FL, District 5)
Lois Capps (Democrat: CA, District 24)
Michael Capuano (Democrat: MA, District 7)
Tony Cárdenas (Democrat: CA, District 29)
André Carson (Democrat: IN, District 7)
Matthew Cartwright (Democrat: PA, District 17)
Kathy Castor (Democrat: FL, District 14)
Judy Chu (Democrat: CA, District 27)
David Cicilline (Democrat: RI, District 1)
Wm. Clay (Democrat: MO, District 1)
Steve Cohen (Democrat: TN, District 9)
Gerald Connolly (Democrat: VA, District 11)
John Conyers (Democrat: MI, District 13)
Jim Costa (Democrat: CA, District 16)
Joseph Crowley (Democrat: NY, District 14)
Elijah Cummings (Democrat: MD, District 7)
Susan Davis (Democrat: CA, District 53)
Diana DeGette (Democrat: CO, District 1)
John Delaney (Democrat: MD, District 6)
Rosa DeLauro (Democrat: CT, District 3)
Suzan DelBene (Democrat: WA, District 1)
Theodore Deutch (Democrat: FL, District 21)
John Dingell (Democrat: MI, District 12)
Lloyd Doggett (Democrat: TX, District 35)
Michael Doyle (Democrat: PA, District 14)
Donna Edwards (Democrat: MD, District 4)
Keith Ellison (Democrat: MN, District 5)
Eliot Engel (Democrat: NY, District 16)
Elizabeth Esty (Democrat: CT, District 5)
Sam Farr (Democrat: CA, District 20)
Lois Frankel (Democrat: FL, District 22)
Marcia Fudge (Democrat: OH, District 11)
Joe Garcia (Democrat: FL, District 26)
Al Green (Democrat: TX, District 9)
Raúl Grijalva (Democrat: AZ, District 3)
Luis Gutierrez (Democrat: IL, District 4)
Janice Hahn (Democrat: CA, District 44)
Alcee Hastings (Democrat: FL, District 20)
Brian Higgins (Democrat: NY, District 26)
James Himes (Democrat: CT, District 4)
Rubén Hinojosa (Democrat: TX, District 15)
Rush Holt (Democrat: NJ, District 12)
Michael Honda (Democrat: CA, District 17)
Jared Huffman (Democrat: CA, District 2)
Steve Israel (Democrat: NY, District 3)
Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat: TX, District 18)
Eddie Johnson (Democrat: TX, District 30)
Marcy Kaptur (Democrat: OH, District 9)
William Keating (Democrat: MA, District 9)
Daniel Kildee (Democrat: MI, District 5)
Ron Kind (Democrat: WI, District 3)
Ann Kuster (Democrat: NH, District 2)
James Langevin (Democrat: RI, District 2)
Rick Larsen (Democrat: WA, District 2)
Barbara Lee (Democrat: CA, District 13)
Sander Levin (Democrat: MI, District 9)
John Lewis (Democrat: GA, District 5)
David Loebsack (Democrat: IA, District 2)
Zoe Lofgren (Democrat: CA, District 19)
Alan Lowenthal (Democrat: CA, District 47)
Nita Lowey (Democrat: NY, District 17)
Michelle Lujan Grisham
(Democrat: NM, District 1)
Ben Luján (Democrat: NM, District 3)
Stephen Lynch (Democrat: MA, District 8)
Daniel Maffei (Democrat: NY, District 24)
Carolyn Maloney (Democrat: NY, District 12)
Sean Maloney (Democrat: NY, District 18)
Edward Markey (Democrat: MA, District 5)
Doris Matsui (Democrat: CA, District 6)
Carolyn McCarthy (Democrat: NY, District 4)
Betty McCollum (Democrat: MN, District 4)
Jim McDermott (Democrat: WA, District 7)
James McGovern (Democrat: MA, District 2)
Gregory Meeks (Democrat: NY, District 5)
Michael Michaud (Democrat: ME, District 2)
George Miller (Democrat: CA, District 11)
Gwen Moore (Democrat: WI, District 4)
James Moran (Democrat: VA, District 8)
Patrick Murphy (Democrat: FL, District 18)
Jerrold Nadler (Democrat: NY, District 10)
Grace Napolitano (Democrat: CA, District 32)
Gloria Negrete McLeod (Democrat: CA, District 35)
Richard Nolan (Democrat: MN, District 8)
Eleanor Norton (Democrat: DC, District 0)
Frank Pallone (Democrat: NJ, District 6)
Bill Pascrell (Democrat: NJ, District 9)
Donald Payne (Democrat: NJ, District 10)
Nancy Pelosi (Democrat: CA, District 12)
Gary Peters (Democrat: MI, District 14)
Scott Peters (Democrat: CA, District 52)
Chellie Pingree (Democrat: ME, District 1)
Mark Pocan (Democrat: WI, District 2)
David Price (Democrat: NC, District 4)
Mike Quigley (Democrat: IL, District 5)
Charles Rangel (Democrat: NY, District 13)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republican-FL, District 27)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (Democrat: CA, District 40)
Bobby Rush (Democrat: IL, District 1)
Gregorio Sablan (Democrat: MP, District 0)
Linda Sánchez (Democrat: CA, District 38)
John Sarbanes (Democrat: MD, District 3)
Janice Schakowsky (Democrat: IL, District 9)
Adam Schiff (Democrat: CA, District 28)
Bradley Schneider (Democrat: IL, District 10)
Allyson Schwartz (Democrat: PA, District 13)
Robert Scott (Democrat: VA, District 3)
José Serrano (Democrat: NY, District 15)
Terri Sewell (Democrat: AL, District 7)
Brad Sherman (Democrat: CA, District 30)
Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat: AZ, District 9)
Albio Sires (Democrat: NJ, District 8)
Louise Slaughter (Democrat: NY, District 25)
Adam Smith (Democrat: WA, District 9)
Jackie Speier (Democrat: CA, District 14)
Eric Swalwell (Democrat: CA, District 15)
Mark Takano (Democrat: CA, District 41)
John Tierney (Democrat: MA, District 6)
Dina Titus (Democrat: NV, District 1)
Paul Tonko (Democrat: NY, District 20)
Niki Tsongas (Democrat: MA, District 3)
Chris Van Hollen (Democrat: MD, District 8)
Juan Vargas (Democrat: CA, District 51)
Marc Veasey (Democrat: TX, District 33)
Timothy Walz (Democrat: MN, District 1)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Democrat: FL, District 23)
Maxine Waters (Democrat: CA, District 43)
Melvin Watt (Democrat: NC, District 12)
Henry Waxman (Democrat: CA, District 33)
Peter Welch (Democrat: VT, District 0)
Frederica Wilson (Democrat: FL, District 24)

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