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Equality California Responds to Historic Vote on Equality Act
Executive Director Rick Zbur: "The vote today isn't just a major milestone, but also a testament to the strength of LGBTQ people and our movement."
May 17, 2019 at 9:17 am

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May 17, 2019

CONTACT: Joshua Stickney, Equality California
PHONE: (405) 315-4151/MOBILE: (405) 315-4151/EMAIL: josh.stickney@eqca.org
WASHINGTON — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur in response to the historic passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday morning:

“Today’s passage of the Equality Act in the U.S. House sends a loud and clear message that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable, no matter who you are, who you love or where you live. The vote today isn’t just a major milestone, but also a testament to the strength of LGBTQ people and our movement, as we advance this critical civil rights legislation in the face of such a fiercely anti-LGBTQ Administration — and we aren’t done yet.

“Earlier this week, President Trump announced his opposition to the Equality Act, but LGBTQ Americans can rest assured that the pro-equality House majority — led by California’s own Speaker Nancy Pelosi — has our backs. Equality California remains committed to fighting for full federal equality in our nation’s Capitol, in the courts and in the streets.”

The Equality Act (H.R. 5) will provide federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people across the country — more than half of whom currently live in a state with no such protections. Specifically, the Equality Act will amend existing federal civil rights laws — including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Jury Selection and Services Act — to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill will also amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination in public spaces and services and in federally funded programs on the basis of sex.

The Equality Act is co-sponsored by every Democratic member of California’s Congressional delegation, including openly LGBTQ U.S. Representatives Mark Takano and Katie Hill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and Equality California have made passing the Equality Act a top priority in the 116th Congress.

The bill now waits to be taken up by the U.S. Senate.

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Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org


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