Congress Holds Historic Equality Act Hearing as Support Across the Political Spectrum Grows

April 2, 2019 • 12:37 pm

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House Judiciary committee held the first-ever historic hearing of the Equality Act, which would update federal law to include express and enduring nondiscrimination protections for Americans based on sexual orientation and gender identity across virtually every area of daily life.

“Protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination is about people, not politics. It’s about building a country where every one of us can go about our daily lives without the fear of discrimination or violence – no matter who we love, who we are, or where we live,” said Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans.

“We’re seeing growing momentum across the political spectrum for protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Bipartisan support has been critical to helping us pass protections in states like New Hampshire, defend protections in places like Anchorage and Massachusetts, and make important progress in states like Kansas, Virginia and Ohio.”

“Our recent victories – and the momentum that has brought us here today – have demonstrated that we win not by highlighting our differences, but by embracing a shared commitment to treating our neighbors with dignity and respect.”

In 2019, widespread bipartisan support for LGBTQ equality continues to grow – particularly at the state level. Republican lawmakers in conservative states are distancing themselves from anti-LGBTQ measures in states like Georgia, South Dakota, and Texas.

Over two dozen Republican lawmakers are sponsors of LGBTQ nondiscrimination legislation in fifteen states nationwide. And in the span of just four weeks, six governors representing both political parties signed executive orders prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ state employees, including outgoing Republican Governors John Kasich (OH), Rick Snyder (MI), and newly-installed Mike DeWine (OH).

For stories about LGBTQ people who have faced discrimination, visit Faces of Freedom online at www.facesoffreedom.org.

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