This week, Phil received the endorsement of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and a perfect +10 score from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C. (GLAA) for his leadership and record on issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
- I wrote, introduced and moved through the Council, Bill 19-526, the “Civil Marriage Dissolution Equality Amendment Act of 2011,” which allows same-sex couples who are married in D.C. but living in jurisdictions that don’t recognize their marriages, to be able to divorce.in D.C. without establishing residency.
- I wrote and introduced Bill 19-615, the “Judicial Declaration of Parentage Amendment Act of 2011,” which I hope will pass the Council before the end of the year. The bill will expand the jurisdiction of the D.C. courts where an adopted child was born in the District to issue a determination of parentage for a child born in the District but whose parents reside elsewhere.
- I wrote to Sibley Hospital, with other Councilmembers, to end discrimination against same-sex parents. [ See pdf ].
- I was a co-introducer of the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Amendment Act.”
- I wrote the final marriage equality bill as Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary.
- I held a hearing with over 220 witnesses on the marriage equality bill.
- I rejected the proposed conscience clause amendment and the proposed business exemption.
- I worked with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to ensure that the Congress would not interfere with our law or force a ballot measure.
- I introduced the amendment recognizing marriages from other jurisdictions.
- I testified four times in writing and three times in person before the BOEE that the proposed ballot measures were improper. I was the only Councilmember or candidate to testify.
- I was the only Councilmember or candidate to speak at the rally in Dupont Circle the night the California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8.
- I worked with GLAA to systematically change or repeal all of the laws that were used in Dean and Gill vs. D.C. which found that the D.C. Human Rights Act (HRA) did not require the District to provide equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.
- I wrote or introduced more than a dozen bills amending all marriage rights and responsibilities in the D.C. Code to be gender-neutral, and repealing other potentially discriminatory marriage laws. The two major bills were the Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008 and the Domestic Partner Equality Act of 2006.
- I wrote the “Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008” (D.C. Law 17-152), which recognizes the rights of acting parents and domestic partners to take leave from work to take care of their families.
- I wrote and worked with GLAA, Nancy Polikoff, Michelle Zavos, and others on the Domestic Partnership Judicial Determination of Parentage Act of 2009. D:C. now has the strongest parental rights law in the country. Efforts by the Attorney General to kill the bill were rejected.
- I blocked the provision of the Safe Marriage Amendment Act to require mandatory resting of people for HIV in order to get married.
- I stopped efforts to create mandatory HIV testing for marriage licenses and in correction facilities. Mandatory testing would undermine our HIV prevention strategy and is not supported by public health officials.
- I repealed all of the remaining anti-gay laws in the criminal code, especially the notorious SLIP laws.
- I have been the primary advocate for the Office of Police Complaints, restoring and increasing funding over time.
- I removed a section of a proposed law that would have the effect of police targeting transgender people on the suspicion that all transgender people are prostitutes.
- During the current Council period, I have held three hearings specific on the topic of “Hate Crimes in the District of Columbia and the Police Response to Reports of Hate Crimes.”
- I demanded and received the first report on hate crimes. I required that the MPD amend the report to properly identify hate crimes by their legal categories, separating crimes based on sexual orientation from those based on gender identity and expression.
- I co-sponsored and voted for the “Human Rights Clarification Amendment Act of 2005,” and I supported and voted for the “Prohibition of Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Expression Amendment Act of 2008,” D.C. Law 17 -177.
- I wrote the “Attorney General for the District of Columbia Clarification and Elected TermAmendmentAct of 2010,” D.C.Law l8-160.
- I was a co-sponsor of Bill 16-589, “The One-Time Relocation of Licensees Displaced by The BallparkAmendmentAct of 2006,” and I voted for the final bill, now D.C. Law 17-24, which allowed for some additional options for nightclubs that offer nude dancing to relocate.
- I co-introduced the “Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Initiative Amendment Act of 2010” and ensured that the focus would be on medical treatment as the sponsors of the initiative intended. I managed the bill to final adoption.
- I co-introduced and worked for passage of the Department of Health Functions Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Law 16-90) which prohibits smoking inside workplaces including bars and restaurants.