Vice President Kamala Harris joined the Capital Pride Walk and Rally (June 12) in Washington, D.C. wearing a shirt saying “love is love” as she and her husband walked with the procession telling members of the crowd “Happy Pride.”
Harris was joined by her husband Doug Emhoff.
The celebrations took plae throughout Washington, D.C., with Luis Angeles saying he wanted to send a message to the world. “We are the change of everybody that can not be LGBTQ,” he told Reuters TV.
President Joe Biden had issued a proclamation to mark the start of Pride Month on June 1, urging Congress to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination by passing the Equality Act and pointing to a lack of protection of their rights in many states.
Last year the U.S. Supreme Courtdelivered a watershed victory for LGBT rights and a defeat for former President Donald Trump’s administration by ruling that a longstanding federal law barring workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees.
The landmark 6-3 ruling represented the biggest moment for LGBT rights in the United States since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. Two conservative justices joined the court’s four liberals in the decision: Neil Gorsuch, a 2017 Trump appointee who wrote the ruling, and Chief Justice John Roberts.
Workplace bias against gay and transgender employees had remained legal in much of the country, with 28 U.S. states lacking comprehensive measures against employment discrimination. The ruling – in two gay rights cases from Georgia and New York and a transgender rights case from Michigan – recognizes new worker protections in federal law.
(Video: Greg Savoy; Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)