LGBTQ Equality

I am a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, because I believe that we must work to prevent and end discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Unfortunately, many people suffer from discrimination throughout their day, whether it is at school, in the workplace, in hospitals or even walking down the street. I have joined with my colleagues in the LGBT Equality Caucus and other members of the House of Representatives to support a number of initiatives addressing discrimination where it is felt.

We must end discrimination in the workplace, in access to benefits like Social Security and health care, and in immigration policies. I am a long-time supporter of the Equality Act, which we passed in 2019 and awaits Senate action, and my own office employment policy includes language that bans hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender self-image or identity.

I am committed to the idea that consenting adult couples should be able to enjoy all of the protections afforded by marriage, regardless of their sexual orientation.

More on LGBTQ Equality

June 1, 2014 Press Release

Chicago, IL – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement to mark the official beginning of marriage equality in Illinois. The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn last year, allows same-sex couples to marry in the state as of June 1.

February 11, 2014 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) --  Rep. Schakowsky released the following statement about the Department of Justice’s new policy toward same-sex couples. 

October 18, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2012) — Today, Rep. Schakowsky (D-Ill.) released the following statement after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

May 30, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 30, 2012) — Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal seeking marriage equality in Illinois:

 "I applaud Lambda Legal for their lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples within Illinois.  While they represent sixteen specific couples in the suit, the issues they raise will impact thousands of same-sex couples throughout the state.