🌈 Thread on the #LGBT record of Cory Booker
2012:Mayor Booker "Dear God: We should not be putting civil rights issues to a popular vote subject to the sentiments or passions of the day, No minority should have their civil rights subject to the majority"
Booker is so correct on this take. Amendment 1 and Prop 8 were extremely painful for #LGBT people. We woke up the next day looked around and forever wondered who voted for us, who against. The majority should never never vote on minority rights.
Booker goes on to talk about #LGBT Americans being second class citizens. "Its ridiculous and offensive we are even having this debate, it should have been done years ago." 2012
2006-2013 7 years as Newark Mayor, Cory Booker turns down requests to officiate ANY weddings as a way of "protesting the painful reality that I could not marry all citizens equally. So I made a decision that I wasn't going to marry anybody until I could marry everybody." #LGBT
1992 Booker writes brutally honest and self reflective op ed in student newspaper on his personal journey from "tolerance" towards deeper understanding of gay people and a fuller acceptance. #LGBT stanforddaily.com/2013/01/09/cor…
Cory Booker on gay rumors:

"I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing when someone says I'm gay, and I say,

"So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I'm straight."
2009 Booker meets with #LGBT journalists at glocallynewark.com
2010 Cory Booker shouts out meeting with #LGBT committee of Newark Youth Policy Board.
2015: Cory Booker rallies Human Rights Campaign volunteers with inspiring speech. "Keep the faith" #LGBT
(Lifts Chad Griffin off the floor) hrc.org/videos/sen.-co…
2013: Senate debate Cory Booker draws no distinction between civil rights based on race or sexual orientation:

As an African-American, he would "not be standing here right now if judges didn't say everyone in America is equal under the law."

(Newark Star-Ledger, 2013)
2013: Cory Booker "The ability to marry the person you love is one of the most fundamental liberties in America."


Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate , Oct 5, 2013
2013: Mayor Cory Booker officiates weddings of 9 gay, lesbian, & straight couples in City Hall.

"It is officially past midnight. Marriage is equal in NJ!"

Booker's office organized the ceremony after a trial-court judge ruled same-sex couples could begin marrying in NJ.
2013 Booker says "speak now or forever hold your peace"--a man broke the silence.

"It is unlawful in the eyes of God," he yelled

After the heckler is removed from the room,

Booker says, "Not hearing any substantive and worthy objections, I now will proceed with the vows."
2015: Cory Booker tells #LGBT volunteers
"You all are not folks who let the inability to do EVERYTHING undermine your determination to do SOMETHING"

"Change doesn't come for those who wait for it, but when we sweat for it, struggle for it, work for it"

2018: Cory Booker grills Brett Kavanaugh on Marriage Equality
Booker then makes the case for Employment Non Discrimination for #LGBT people.
2018: Booker to Kavanaugh: Can you give your opinion right now on gay marriage? Have you officiated at a same sex marriage? Would it be wrong to fire somebody for being gay? Do we have a legal right to fire someone for being gay?
2009 Cory Booker announces Newark Commission on #LGBT issues.
2010 Cory Booker tweets the "constitution is clear" that marriage equality should be law. #LGBT
2017: Cory Booker introduces #EqualityAct to outlaw discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other areas where discrimination is already prohibited on the basis of race or religion
(Full text of the #EqualityAct Help us pass it. Call your members.) #LGBT #queerpol cicilline.house.gov/sites/cicillin…
2012: Cory Booker speaks at the world's largest #LGBT synagogue.
2012: Mayor Cory Booker speaks at the Human Rights Campaign dinner. Check out from 5:59 to make your gay day better #LGBT
2012: Booker to #LGBT "When people want to tell you you are lesser, when one person stands up strong, they lift an entire nation"
2012: Booker attends National Democratic #LGBT caucus meeting. blogs.seattletimes.com/uwelectioneye/…
2019: Cory Booker asks Trump judicial nominee if she ever hired a #LGBT clerk.
2017: Cory Booker blasts Trump admin on their assault on #LGBT people on video:
2012: Cory Booker "What does it matter if I'm gay?"
2012: Booker "Being a man is about love. About kindness to others. About standing up for what's right. About doing what's important to do in the unfinished business of America." realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/08/…
2013: Cory Booker co-sponsors the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which prohibits workplace discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity as one of his first bills as Senator "with gusto and enthusiasm" huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/02/cor…
2103: Booker tweets "I plan to support ENDA (#LGBT employment bill) unequivocally, proudly, with gusto and enthusiasm"
2016: 🌈Cory Booker speaks at Jersey #LGBT pride. 🔥Begins with moment of silence for Pulse victims. Powerful speech. Do watch. Cory gets it. 🌈
2012: Mayor Cory Booker Speaks at the DNC LGBT Caucus
2016: Cory Booker quotes Sweet Honey in the Rock "We who believe in freedom can not rest until its won" at Jersey pride on the morning after the Pulse massacre. 💔🏳️‍🌈
2016: Cory Booker at Jersey Pride 2016.
2018: Sen Cory Booker signs on to Sen Tammy Baldwin's letter to Trump:
March 2018: Cory Booker signs on to Census Equality Act

2020 Census questionnaires would offer "same-sex"and "opposite-sex" designations.

Demographers anticipate this could produce the most comprehensive data yet on same-sex couples living in the U.S.
2017: Cory Booker co-sponsors S.1143 - Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act
(🌈 a bill to protect LGBTQ people from credit discrimination based on #LGBT status)
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