CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF THE EQUALITY ACT

July 23, 2015
Press Release

CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | jack.dannibale@mail.house.gov | 202-225-3976

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement on the introduction of the Equality Act, the first comprehensive non-discrimination bill protecting LGBT Americans. Congressman Lieu is an original cosponsor of the legislation. The Equality Act expands the Civil Rights Act of 1965 to include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in education, housing, employment, credit, federal funding, jury service, and public accommodations.

 “As a Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I am proud to stand with Congressman Cicilline and the rest of the Caucus to support the Equality Act,” said Congressman Lieu. “This landmark piece of legislation will eliminate gaps in federal law that currently allow discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Although the Supreme Court’s decision last month in Obergefell v. Hodges was a huge victory for LGBT rights, there is much work left to be done. The discriminatory reactions to the legalization of marriage equality nationwide have demonstrated the urgent need for comprehensive legislation to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to pass the Equality Act to ensure that all Americans are protected under the law and cherished under a fundamental principle: love is love.”

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