No Excuses: Meeting with Rep. Larry Kissell in North Carolina
January 28, 2010
North Carolina’s 8th district, represented by Congressman Larry Kissell, stretches from Charlotte to Fayetteville. With persistence and a number of emails, phone calls and letters, the congressman’s staff scheduled an in-district meeting for constituents on Monday, January 25. HRC Board of Governors member LaWana Mayfield and HRC North Carolina political co-chair Randy Floyd, who both live in the district, met with the congressman to discuss legislation impacting his lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituents. LaWana and Randy started the meeting by thanking Congressman Kissell for his vote in favor of the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. They then asked for his support for an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). After LaWana and Randy shared their personal stories of discrimination, the congressman said, “I don’t believe in discrimination in the workplace.” LaWana and Randy also discussed the Military Readiness and Enhancement Act (MREA), which would repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. Congressman Kissell will play a key role in considering this piece of legislation as he sits on the House Armed Services Committee and represents several important military bases. While the congressman is not yet a co-sponsor of the legislation, he indicated that he is discussing the issue with Rep. Patrick Murphy, a military veteran and the lead sponsor of MREA in the House. To find out more about meeting with your members of congress, visit noexcuses.hrc.org. To take action today to support passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, visit www.passENDAnow.org.
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