114TH CONGRESS INCLUSIVE PUBLIC POLICIES REPUBLICANS CAN SUPPORT
American Unity Fund is dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom for LGBTQ Americans by making the conservative case that freedom truly means freedom for everyone. As the preeminent conservative organization advocating for LGBTQ liberty, we serve as a rallying point and an expert resource for pro-freedom conservatives. Support for relationship recognition and non-discrimination is mainstream among rank-and-file Republican voters, presenting opportunities for Republican officeholders to embrace inclusive public policies. Advocating for “American Families, American Individuals and American Values”, American Unity Fund is solidifying a pro-freedom Republican voice on Capitol Hill, taking the federal push for LGBTQ liberty to the next level.
The leading legislative priority of American Unity Fund is passage of comprehensive LGBTQ non-discrimination legislation. Comprehensive legislation would secure freedom from discrimination in seven categories of federal law, including credit, business services, education, employment, federal funding, housing and jury service. Separate from non-discrimination, Republicans can also demonstrate inclusion by considering the Restore Honor to Service Members Act (S. 1766/H.R. 3068), which would allow for an upgrade to military discharges under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; the Safe Schools Improvement Act (S. 311/H.R. 2902), which would ensure public school districts are equipped to handle instances of pervasive harassment and bullying; and the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 262/H.R. 1779, which would address the epidemic of homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell has established that the freedom to marry is the law of the land across the United States. However, there remains work to be done to ensure that all American families have the protections they need to keep our communities strong. Republicans can take meaningful steps to strengthen LGBTQ families by considering the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (S. 1382/H.R. 2449), which would prohibit publicly-funded child welfare agencies from discriminating against prospective foster and adoptive families on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; the Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act (H.R. 1598) or the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act (S. 270), to update the definition of spouse for purposes of veterans benefits to include same-sex spouses; or the Social Security and Marriage Equality Act (S. 753/H.R. 1404), to address remaining loopholes in Social Security treatment of lawfully married same-sex couples.
Republicans can broaden their appeal while promoting American values abroad by reaffirming fundamental freedoms and opposing the criminalization and imprisonment of LGBTQ individuals. Throughout Eastern Europe, most recently in Russia and Ukraine, authoritarian and anti-American political leaders have sought to restrict the fundamental freedoms of speech, expression, assembly and association for disfavored minorities, targeting LGBTQ individuals and those who would dare to defend them. Meanwhile, in several countries in Africa and the Middle East the “crime” of being gay or transgender is punishable by death or life in prison, and others, like Uganda, are actively pursuing such legislation. An American foreign policy that respects and emboldens individual freedom is another inclusive public policy Republicans can support.