Victory! House passes bill to strengthen LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws


May 17, 2019

The bill would amend existing civil rights law – including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and several laws regarding employment with the federal government – to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would also update the definitions of public spaces and services covered under law.

CHN on Wednesday sent a letter to all members of the U.S. House in support of the measure. “The Equality Act would provide explicit non-discrimination protection for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service,” the letter states. “It also makes clear that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) cannot be used as an excuse to block these important protections.”

The letter was signed by CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein. You can download it here.

Now that the House has declared itself firmly on the right side of history and justice, the Senate should follow suit.

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