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October 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), founders of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, released the following statement in response to the news of Supreme Court of the United States Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. urging the court to reconsider the Obergefell vs. Hodges ruling:
August 19, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent letters to the Department of Labor, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development requesting that they reevaluate their policies and rulemakings that allow for discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County.
August 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, led a letter with Chairwoman Maloney, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and four Equality Caucus Co-Chairs to John F. Ring, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), regarding NLRB’s unsatisfactory response to their investigation about the removal of nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ employees.
July 31, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Co-Chairs of the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), and Vice Chairs Representatives Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01), along with 76 Members, in submitting an amicus brief in support of the National Women’s Law Center’s (NWLC) motion for a preliminary injunction to the Administration’s Final Title IX Rule. The amicus brief argues the Rule is arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”), in excess of the agency’s statutory authority, and contrary to Congress’s purposes in enacting Title IX and other victim-focused civil rights legislation. The Final Rule is slated to go into effect on August 14, even as schools and universities across the country grapple with the challenges of school closures, distance learning, and slashed budgets.
July 30, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) in submitting a public comment letter signed by 145 members of the House and Senate to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson urging him to rescind the proposed rule change to the Equal Access Rule that would allow federally funded emergency and temporary shelter providers to turn away transgender Americans. The letter is signed by 23 Senators and 122 Representatives.
July 17, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), founders of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, issued the following statement after the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights issued its review of American human rights policy:
July 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and 115 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Attorney General William Barr, calling on the agencies to eliminate the ban on open transgender military service. This follows the June 15, 2020 Supreme Court ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination.
July 8, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In an immediate response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Trump administration’s controversial rule that allows employers to refuse to cover their employees’ birth control under their company health insurance plan, a group of federal lawmakers announced today they will be filing new legislation tomorrow to repeal the rules before they can take effect.
June 15, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, released the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination against gay and transgender individuals:
May 11, 2020 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md) joined a bicameral group of colleagues in calling on the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to take urgent action to protect the global LGBTQI population and other vulnerable communities that are being persecuted and discriminated against during the coronavirus pandemic. Many governments are using the public health emergency as an excuse to further marginalize LGBTQI individuals and exclude vulnerable communities from short- and long-term response and recovery planning.