FFAA Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

August 26, 2018 • 9:53 am

WASHINGTON –  Freedom for All Americans’ Chief Executive Officer Masen Davis issued the following statement on the death of Senator John McCain:

“John McCain dedicated his life to serving his country. Senator McCain and many members of our community didn’t always agree on everything, but in recent years he evolved on a number of issues important to LGBTQ Americans. Senator McCain was one of a handful of Republicans who supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate in 2013; he was one of the first elected officials to vocally push back on President Trump’s efforts to oust transgender Americans from the armed forces; he rebuffed attempts to use the National Defense Authorization Act as a vehicle to advance discriminatory measures in Congress; and he spoke out against discrimination at the state level – successfully urging Arizona’s governor to veto a sweeping License to Discriminate bill in 2014.

“John McCain’s journey to a more supportive place on a number of LGBTQ issues is one that is familiar to so many Americans. His evolution is reflective of the growing awareness that each and every one of us share the same values and the same aspirations, and we all strive toward building a more perfect nation. We thank him for his service and dedication to our nation, and our thoughts are with the McCain family at this painful time.”

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.


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