FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION AND ENSURING EQUALITY
Chris has always been a champion for LGBT rights because all citizens deserve the same benefits and protections of the Constitution. In 2013 Chris stepped up to help lead the campaign to pass marriage equality in Hawaii. Despite receiving a death threat for his role as a spokesperson for the campaign, he fought on to help end discrimination against LGBT citizens and make Hawaii the 15th state to ensure marriage equality.
More recently Chris passed a law allowing transgender individuals to change their birth certificates to reflect their gender identities as recommended by the American Medical Association. He also passed a law barring health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals by unfairly denying them medical coverage. In 2019 Chris passed a law that prohibits murderers from being considered for lesser sentences because their victims were LGBT residents.
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