Phoenix, AZ —Today, Marco Lopez, Democratic candidate for governor, announced his support for an LGBTQ+ Policy Platform put out by Equality Arizona, a leading LGBTQ+ rights organization in the state.
“As LGBTQ+ rights are being aggressively challenged across the country, it is more important than ever that we have a governor in our state who will stand up and fight for the LGBTQ+ community and particularly LGBTQ+ youth,” said Marco Lopez, Democratic candidate for governor. “Not only are all of these policies critical to protecting some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities like trans youth, these policies just make common sense if we hope to make our community more equitable for everyone. As governor, one of my top priorities will be ensuring that no Arizonan can be discriminated against simply because of who they love or how they identify. There is no place in our state for hate or discrimination and as governor I won’t stand for it.”
The policy platform includes:
- Non-discrimination in credit
- Non-discrimination in employment
- Non-discrimination in education
- LGBTQ-inclusive, age-appropriate sex education
- Repeal SB 1165, which discriminates against trans girls in school athletics
- Non-discrimination in healthcare
- Ban conversion therapy for minors
- Lift the exclusion on gender-affirming surgery in AHCCCS
- Prohibit trans exclusions in health insurance
- Repeal SB 1138, which interferes with standards of care for trans youth
- Non-discrimination in housing
- Increase funding for youth homelessness services
The Legal System
- Non-discrimination in jury service
- Ban the “gay panic” defense
- Simplify the gender-marker and name change process in Arizona by reducing court filing fees and eliminating surgical requirements
“Governor Ducey’s shameless decision to sign anti-trans bills targeted at children into law demonstrates exactly why we need a pro-LGBTQ leader in the governor’s office,” said Jeanne Woodbury, Policy & Communications Director at Equality Arizona. “The LGBTQ community, and particularly the trans community, is in a moment of crisis that demands a better kind of leadership, one that treats all Arizonans with dignity.”
“I’m excited to see Marco promoting the importance of LGTBQ+ equality on the campaign trail,” said Tucson Representative Andres Cano. “We need leaders who are going to stand up for all Arizonans, especially those that are under attack from hate and bigotry. I’m proud to be supporting Marco because I know he will fight for all of us as governor.”
This is the latest policy announcement from the Lopez campaign following previous commitments to working families, education, and diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-discrimination.
Marco Lopez is running for governor because he believes in the Promise of Arizona – the promise that if you work hard, play by the rules, and treat people with respect then you can make it here in our state. It’s this idea that led Marco’s parents to immigrate to Arizona from Mexico nearly 50 years ago. They didn’t start out with much, but they dreamed that Marco and his sisters could do better than they did. That’s just what happened—Marco and his sisters were the first generation in their family to go to college. Once Marco graduated from the University of Arizona, he knew he had to give back. At just 21-years-old he ran for mayor of his hometown of Nogales and won, becoming one of the youngest mayors in the country. After winning two mayoral elections, Governor Napolitano asked Marco to serve at the state level as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce where he oversaw critical trade relationships in the state. Next, President Obama asked Marco to serve at the national level, where he oversaw a $15 billion budget and 60,000 people. In 2011, Marco left the administration to start his own small business here in Arizona just like his parents had done 40 years before. Over the past ten years Marco’s company has brought high speed internet to 1 million low income families and is on track to create 15,000 jobs right here in Arizona. Marco Lopez is running for governor because he believes the Promise of Arizona is still possible, but for too many people in our state today it’s out of reach. Marco has the leadership experience in the private and public sector to make that promise of opportunity that brought his parents to Arizona a reality for everyone. For more information, please visit www.marcolopez.com.