Rep. Wild Votes to Pass Historic Equality Act to End Discrimination Against All LGBTQ Americans
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) voted to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.
“I’m so proud to be a part of this moment in history as the House of Representatives shouts from the rooftops that we stand with the LGBTQ community; we hear you, we see you, we stand by you.” Wild said. “Nobody should face discrimination, risk losing their jobs, their housing, their livelihoods because of who they love or who they are. This landmark legislation reaffirms that freedom from discrimination is a fundamental civil right that belongs to every American.”
Fifty percent of the national LGBTQ community still live in states where, though they have the right to marry, they have no explicit non-discrimination protections in other areas of daily life. 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. In most states, a same-sex couple can get married one day and legally denied service at a restaurant, be fired from their jobs or evicted from their apartment the next. The Equality Act amends existing federal civil rights laws to create a nationwide standard that explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
“In Pennsylvania, we know our communities are strengthened by the diversity of our LGBTQ friends and neighbors,” continued Wild. “As we take this momentous step forward, we must recommit to standing strong against bigotry, discrimination and hatred in all of its forms. We will continue to ensure that all Americans are treated with dignity and respect as we work to bring our nation closer to its founding promise of justice and equality for all.”
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