SURROGATE PARENTING RIGHTS
Couples should be allowed to compensate a surrogate mother for her hard work. New York State’s ban on that practice should be abolished. LGBTQ and infertile couples are directly harmed by this ban, which restricts the right of the surrogate mother to decide what she does with her own body.
GENDER AND STATE
Thomas supports removing the state from questions of gender whenever possible. Part of the public controversy over transgender individuals stems from questions about the state’s role in issues of gender. The last thing anyone should want the government to do is legislate people’s gender. Thomas supports a simpler process for transgender individuals to have a government respect the gender they identify with.
Anti-LGBTQ legislation will always be opposed by Thomas if ever introduced in New York’s Senate. Such legislation doesn’t reflect the family values we have in NY-52, where we believe everyone should be treated fairly.