Editors' Note: Representative Tim Bishop (D-NY) is today's guest blogger. Congressman Bishop was picked by National Stonewall Democrats as an Elect Equality candidate for his record of supporting LGBT issues. You can donate to his campaign if you'd like to support the Congressman.
When it comes to civil rights, I have a firm position that I will proudly share with anybody who asks. Equality is one issue where there is only one right answer. I will never back down on LGBT rights, and this issue is very personal to me.
I have a 31-year-old daughter whom I couldn't love anymore than I do. I don't think she could love me any more than she does, and I couldn't ask for a better daughter. My daughter happens to be gay. I want her to have the same rights, freedoms and protections that any father would want for his child.
In June of last year, she married a wonderful woman. Because it isn't legal for two women to marry in New York State, our family and had to take the ferry across the Long Island Sound to Connecticut for the ceremony. I want to live in a country and a state where all of God's children are treated equally, where we all have the same equal protections under the law.