The Equality Act passes the House of Representatives!
Friday, May 17th, the full House passed The Equality Act. This bill adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the groups for which discrimination is illegal. This is the first time we have gotten a vote by the full house and reflects decades of work on the part of advocates for equality. Polls show that that the majority of Americans support this Act, even Republicans. Jobs, housing, public accommodations are areas that is it currently legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It is possible in this country to get married to your same sex partner on Sunday and get fired on Monday. Some states already have this protection, but this would write non-discrimination into law on the federal level. Please call your representative today and thank them for their vote for The Equality Act. The next hurdle is the Senate, where the Republicans have generally opposed the expansion of rights for LGBTQ people. Please call your Senator and tell the, to vote YES on The Equality Act.
Here is what John Lewis has to say about this act:
“It is a must that we do what is right, what is fair and what is just. This is the time to pass the Equality Act.” – Rep. John Lewis
Posted by Human Rights Campaign on Friday, May 10, 2019