Freedom for All Americans Applauds Introduction of Equality ActMarch 13, 2019 • 12:52 pm
WASHINGTON, DC — Today bipartisan members of Congress introduced 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. It also includes protections from discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, and religion that are additional to those already afforded under federal law.
“No one should be at risk of being fired, denied housing, or refused service at a business simply because of who they are, who they love, or what zip code they call home,” said Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans. “Congress should act now to ensure that LGBTQ Americans can go about their lives with dignity and respect.”
“Discrimination happens to LGBTQ Americans across the country every single day,” Davis said. “Millions of our neighbors, friends and family members are vulnerable because 30 states lack express and enduring LGBTQ protections.”
Public opinion has consistently indicated overwhelming support for nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people:
- A recent poll shows that 70% of Americans favor such laws.
- 60% of Americans oppose allowing a small business owner to refuse products or services to gay or lesbian people on the basis of their religious beliefs.
- In 2018, voters in Anchorage, Alaska, and Massachusetts rejected attempts to strip transgender people of nondiscrimination protections by large margins.
- As noted in the Harvard Business Review, businesses large and small have consistently made the case in recent years that treating everyone fairly leads to more competitive workforces and is good for the bottom line.
Despite these steps forward, discrimination still takes place every day: a 2015 study found that 63% of LGBTQ Americans have experienced some form of discrimination.Fifty percent of LGBTQ people currently live in the 30 states that still lack express and enduring protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
For stories about LGBTQ people who have faced discrimination, visit Faces of Freedom online at www.facesoffreedom.org.