The Equality Act, a bill making discrimination against LGBTQ individuals illegal nationwide, was introduced with Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) as an original cosponsor.
Said Rouda, “The Supreme Court’s affirmation of marriage equality marked a major advancement for LGBTQ individuals and civil rights in the United States. Yet, in the majority of states, a gay or lesbian couple can be married on Saturday and fired on Sunday. They can be denied housing or harassed at school.
I’m not satisfied that we live in a society where most LGBTQ individuals face harassment or discrimination. I’m more outraged that our laws permit it. Discrimination against people for who they love or their gender identity should be forbidden by law no matter where you live or travel, and that’s why I could not be more proud to be an original cosponsor of the historic Equality Act as it is introduced today.”
The Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing laws to end discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in public accommodations, federal financial assistance, education, employment, housing, credit, and jury service. The bill makes discrimination against LGBTQ individuals illegal in any circumstances.
Support for the Equality Act is wide spread among the business community—more than 160 corporations have endorsed the legislation.
Only 21 states have explicit laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations, and only 20 states have such protections for gender identity.
This article was released by the Office of Congressman Harley Rouda.