Gabbard-Backed Equality Act Introduced in Congress

May 3, 2017
Press Release
Bipartisan bill prohibits discrimination against LGBT Americans

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) joined more than 190 cosponsors in introducing the Equality Act of 2017—legislation that would extend comprehensive anti-discrimination protections to LGBT Americans. The bill amends existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, Federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of Federal funds.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said, “LGBT Americans in many states still face discrimination in their everyday lives. This is wrong, and defies our American principles of equality, justice, and individual freedom. The Equality Act will ensure that all Americans—regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, or national origin—receive equal treatment under law.”

Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has cosponsored and supported anti-discrimination legislation like the Fair Housing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Equality for All Resolution, the Respect for Marriage Act, Healthy Families Act, and the Paycheck Fairness Act. For more on the congresswoman’s work to fight for civil rights and equality, click here.

 

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