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Congressman Engel Applauds Designation of Stonewall National Monument

Congressman Engel Applauds Designation of Stonewall National Monument

Washington, DC – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, applauded today’s announcement from the White House that the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in Manhattan would be declared a national monument. The Stonewall Inn is a focal point of the LGBT rights movement and was the center of the Stonewall riots that began that movement in 1969.

“This is an important step at an important time for the country as we continue the struggle to guarantee equality for LGBT Americans,” Congressman Engel said. “On the fifth anniversary of marriage equality in New York, after we’ve turned the corner on marriage equality nationwide, and in the immediate aftermath of the terrible massacre in Orlando, this gesture makes it clear that the country recognizes the historical importance of the LGBT rights movement and of Stonewall in particular.”

“Stonewall is still in business, and the work of LGBT equality is still going on. I opposed DOMA in the 1990s, I celebrated nationwide marriage equality with activists outside the Supreme Court last June, and I have cosponsored the Equality Act – comprehensive federal LGBT nondiscrimination legislation – today. The Stonewall National Monument will serve as a reminder of how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go.”