Knocking on doors is the best way for me as a candidate to learn the concerns of the people I want to represent. This week I knocked on the door of a woman scared that under the current political climate brought to us by Donald Trump, her marriage to her wife will be invalidated. Hers is a real fear shared by many.

I believe passing the ERA will go a long way to allay her fear. The ERA prohibits all sex-based discrimination by the government. That includes unfair treatment of women, but more broadly it means any sex-based discrimination. That’s a big deal!

Obergefell guaranteed I have the right to get married. But it was only 5-4, and was based in part on the ‘penumbra’ argument: that even though the right to marriage isn’t explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, it’s contained within the penumbra of the Bill of Rights, making it a necessary part of an ordered concept of liberty that is protected by the 5th and 14th amendments. I strongly agree with this argument, but many conservatives don’t. And all it takes is one Justice Kavanaugh to say that Obergefell was the product of a liberal activist court, and we lose our right to get married.

The ERA will provide stronger protections for women as well as an ironclad Constitutional defense of gay marriage by making it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of sex. But my opponent Bryce Reeves voted against it. I’m not surprised — after all, Senator Reeves campaigned in 2017 on banning gay people from public service. This year, as the Democratic nominee for District 17, I would be able to challenge Senator Reeves face-to-face over his homophobia on the debate stage and at the ballot box.

If you’d like to see me get the chance to challenge Reeves face-to-face, pleaseĀ contribute to my campaign today!

-Ben