Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), made the following statement today in celebration of LGBT Pride Month, which is celebrated during the month of June:

“This year, we commemorate LGBT Pride Month at a critical time when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans have made incredible progress in the fight for marriage equality, protection of bullied teens, serving in the Armed Forces openly and honestly, and the prosecution of bias-based crimes.  This June we should celebrate this progress and how the LGBT community adds to the rich diversity of our country, but we should also recognize that there is a lot of work that remains to be done to ensure that all LGBT Americans are equal under the law.  Millions of LGBT people can still be denied work simply based on who they are and the federal government still cannot recognize marriages for same-sex couples.  No one should be denied equal rights because of who they love, and I will continue to do all I can in Congress to make sure this equality becomes a reality.”