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U.S. House Passes BILL TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE from Discrimination

May 17, 2019

Many Southern Congress Members Vote Yes to the Equality Act, Underlining Strong Support for LGBTQ Equality in the South

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public accommodations, federally funded programs, and jury service. It is the first time ever that the House of Representatives has passed a bill to extend nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ people.

Allison Scott, Director of Policy and Programs for the Campaign for Southern Equality, said today:

“Today’s vote in favor of the Equality Act, which passed with votes from many Southern Representatives, is a reflection of the broad public support for LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, including majority support in every state in the South. The House’s passage of the legislation underlines the change that is possible when LGBTQ people in the South come together, share our stories, and help our neighbors understand the unique challenges we face.”

“We’re grateful to the House of Representatives for taking action, and now it’s time for the Senate to thoughtfully consider: Are we a country that allows people to be disadvantaged because of who they are or who they love? Or are we a country that identifies injustice, stands up, and fixes it? We implore our Senators to open their hearts and recognize that it’s well past time to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in every sphere of life.”

 

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Based in Asheville, NC, the Campaign for Southern Equality works for full LGBTQ equality across the South. Our work is rooted in commitments to equity in race, gender and class. http://www.southernequality.org

 
 

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