fight for equal rights and benefits for members of the LGBT community. A strong
commitment to LGBT equality has encouraged many members of Congress, including
me, to help spread domestic partnership benefits to all LGBT employees of the federal
government, including U.S. diplomats serving in our country’s many embassies around
the world and other federal employees stationed in different countries.

Recently, I along with 32 other members of Congress, sent a letter to Ambassador
Susan Rice, the Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations, to encourage
her support to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all U.S. citizens who serve as
UN employees. It is our hope that through this letter, American employees at the UN
would be able to designate their same-sex partners as domestic partners and thus
ensure the same benefits.

It is extremely important that the leaders and lawmakers of our country work together to
help ensure equal rights, equal benefits, and equal treatment to all members of society,
regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. I believe that Congress has
taken positive steps towards ensuring a better future for members of the LGBT
community in the United States and around the world. I will continue to be a strong
voice for the LGBT community in my South Florida district and around the country.

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on LGBT Rights &

August 21, 2009... Miami, Florida - As a member of the United States Congress,
I have continually worked toward ensuring that every man and every woman enjoys the
equality they deserve under our Constitution. It is extraordinarily important to also
protect the rights of all men and women regardless of their sexual orientation. I have
been an active supporter of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community
for years and have worked with Congress to continue to defend the civil rights of all

I have had the opportunity to work with other members of Congress to help ensure
equal rights and benefits to all U.S. citizens. As a founding member and vice-chair of
the LGBT Equality Caucus, I have been strongly committed to guaranteeing the full
enjoyment of human rights for all members of the LGBT community around the world.
The caucus will hopefully act as a voice for the LGBT community to help work toward
extending equal rights, repealing discriminatory laws, curbing hate-motivated violence,
and improving the health and well being for all members of the community regardless
of their sexual-orientation.

Congress has given me the opportunity to work on important legislation to help

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