Biden pledges to reinstate Obama-era protections in LGBTQ plan
Former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to reinstate Obama-era LGBTQ protections in his equality plan released Thursday.
“Hate and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people started long before [President] Trump and [Vice President Mike] Pence took office. Defeating them will not solve the problem, but it is an essential first step in order to resume our march toward equality,” the Biden campaign said in the plan.
Biden’s proposal calls for undoing several actions Trump has taken in his first term in office, including Trump’s ban on allowing transgender individuals from serving openly in the military. Biden’s campaign called the policy “discriminatory and detrimental to our national security.”
Biden also pledged to ensure federally funded homeless shelters provide housing to individuals according to their gender identity.
Biden promised to enact the Equality Act during his first 100 days in office and ensure “immediate and full enforcement” of the act across all federal departments and agencies.
The plan would also protect LGBTQ individuals from employment discrimination by reaffirming that the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and by ending employment discrimination in the federal government.
Biden’s release of his LGBTQ plan comes as he enters what’s becoming a two-person race, with him and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Biden has a slight lead in delegates after Super Tuesday wins.
Biden was boosted in Super Tuesday races after moderate candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out and endorsed him.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), one of the most progressive elected Democrats, dropped out of the race Thursday after disappointing finishes in early primary states. Warren said she will not immediately endorse a candidate.