Civil Liberties

“Protecting the rights and privacy of Americans is of great importance. The Constitution of the United States requires equal treatment under the law, and all of us deserve the freedom to work, raise our families, go to school, and live our lives under the protections of this great document.  New Mexico, in particular, has long treasured the wonderful diversity woven into the fabric of both its history and culture.” - Congressman Ben Ray Luján

Equality for All

No person should be subject to discrimination or violence. The United States should lead the promotion of equality. That is why Congressman Luján welcomed the decision by the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriage is a recognized, nationwide right of all Americans. Congressman Luján is a proud cosponsor of the Equality Act, to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and the Equality for All Resolution, which calls on Congress to pass sensible legislation ensuring that all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, are protected from discrimination. Congressman Luján also supports the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, which requires a review of the discharge status of any former Armed Service members who were discharged as a result of their sexual orientationHe also supports the LGBT Equality Day Resolution, designating June 26 as a day to honor the anniversary of three significant victories won at the Supreme Court for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. 

To protect public school students from bullying, harassment, and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, Congressman Luján cosponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act. Congressman Luján also joined the bicameral Congressional amicus brief supporting transgender students, arguing in favor of a transgender student in the U.S. Supreme Court case Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. The amicus brief argues that transgender students should be allowed to use the gendered bathroom that they identify with.

Preventing Gun Violence

Too often senseless acts of gun violence have shaken our nation. From Sandy Hook to Parkland to Aztec these tragedies impact people from all walks of life, every corner of our country, and right here in New Mexico. Congressman Luján has heard the voices of students and survivors in Florida, in New Mexico, and across the country and agrees with them: Never again.

Congressman Luján believes it is well past time to take common sense action to put an end to this epidemic. America’s children should no longer go to school – or a library, a movie theater or a concert – scared for their safety.

That is why Congressman Luján joined over 150 of his colleagues in Congress to co-sponsor a ban on future sales of assault weapons and signed a discharge petition to force a vote on legislation to expand background checks and close the gun show loophole. Congressman Luján also cosponsored the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, which makes it a crime to sell a firearm to someone who has been convicted of misdemeanor stalking and makes it a crime for a convicted stalker to possess a firearm.

Congressman Luján supports the use of federal dollars to research the gun violence epidemic. He also supports measures to prevent people on the terrorist and FBI watch lists from purchasing weapons, to limit the sale of high capacity magazines, and to ban bump stocks.

He believes we do not have to sacrifice the Second Amendment for common-sense public safety.