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ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL REPEAL, VOTERS SHOULD BEWARE OF CONGRESSMAN OSE'S ANTI-LGBT RECORD

Saturday marks three years since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), which prevented lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) Americans from serving openly in our military, but Sacramento voters should be wary of former Congressman Doug Ose's abysmal record on not only DADT, but his repeated votes against LGBT equality.

"Former Congressman Ose voted time and time again against giving LGBT Americans equal rights under the law and that's shameful," said Bera spokesperson Allison Teixeira."He called marriage equality an 'affront' to his values and Doug Ose even refused to classify violence against gays and lesbian Americans as hate crimes. Sacramento County cannot afford to send Doug Ose back to Washington to take us backwards once again."

In contrast Dr. Ami Bera, who is endorsed by Equality California and was an advocate for years for the repeal of DADT, has a clear record of fighting for LGBT equality in Washington. Bera supported expanding the protections of the Violence Against Women Act to include LGBT individuals and championed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. Dr. Bera urged the President to issue an executive order to prevent federal contractors from employment discrimination against LGBT individuals and joined his colleagues in calling on the Social Security Administration to provide full spousal benefits to same-sex couples joined in marriage or civil unions.

Dr. Ami Bera represents Sacramento County in Congress. He’s working to make Congress a place for service and fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, Bera is leading the charge to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges, and worked to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra.

BACKGROUND

Ose supported Don't Ask, Don't Tell. In 2000, Ose voiced his support for DADT. [Sacramento Bee, 2/27/2000]

Ose says marriage equality is an "affront to his values." In 2008 a U.S. Federal Court struck down Proposition 22, which had created a California constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. Doug Ose was quick to voice his opposition, saying he believes, "that the definition of marriage is between one man and one woman," and stating that the decision went against our “values.” [Sacramento Bee, 05/16/2008; US Fed News, 09/30/2004]

Opposed classifying attacks against LGBT individuals as hate crimes. In 2000, in the wake of the Matthew Shepard case in which a young man was beaten, tortured and left to die because he was gay, Ose voted against classifying similar crimes as hate crimes, which would establish harsher penalties under federal law. Doug Ose voted to instruct conferees to reject a Senate amendment to the 2001 Defense Authorization Bill that would have added attacks against gays and lesbians to existing federal hate crime laws. Ose voted against a similar amendment that came before the House. [HR 4205,Vote #470, 09/13/2000; HR 4205, Vote #471, 09/13/2000]