Can we finally stop this ongoing nonsense with discrimination because of your skin color, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, marriage choices, economic status, and so forth, once and for all? These are artificial barriers put up by the few that make it seem like the early 19th century instead of the early 21st century. Congressman John Carter has consistently voted to make many Americans have less rights simply because he does not agree with their religion, culture, gender identity or marriage choices. We must clearly state in American civil rights law that no person will suffer discrimination because of sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or political affiliation. Our American LGBTQIA and immigrant neighbors must have the opportunities and freedoms we all cherish. Diversity is key to business and economic growth. Diversity is vital to American culture. Carter’s voting records on this issue makes us less American. Let’s make sure that marriage equality has a lawful meaning in our community and work-place. We must make it meaningful and tangible when we say Equality for ALL. Therefore, let us enshrine in our laws that every American is guaranteed the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” I was happy to have earned the endorsement and support of the Stonewall Democrats of Central Texas in 2016 and look forward to their support as well as many others in 2018!