Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes to Pass Equality Act
May 17, 2019
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted in support of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives this afternoon. She is an original cosponsor of the legislation.
H.R. 5 passed the House by a vote of 236-173. The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
“By passing the Equality Act today, we affirm that all Americans must be treated equally under the law — regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “I urge the Senate to promptly take up and also pass this important legislation to end the discrimination that still plagues our fellow Americans.”
Background: The Equality Act (H.R. 5) was introduced in March 2019 with strong, bipartisan support. It would amend existing civil rights legislation to include explicit protection to the LGBT community. It prohibits 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 has cosponsored and supported anti-discrimination legislation like the Fair and Equal Housing Act, Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act, Juror Non-Discrimination Act, Student Non-Discrimination Act, Safe Schools Improvement Act, Do No Harm Act, and the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act. Additionally, Rep. Gabbard has advocated in support of the LGBT community serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For more on the congresswoman’s work to fight for civil rights and equality, click here.
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawaii’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
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