Returning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised to pass the Equality Act Law, which would pan anti-LGBT discrimination across the United States.
This past Thursday a record number of openly gay, lesbian and bisexual lawmakers were sworn in, and the Democratic leader told Congress that, “We will make America fairer by passing the Equality Act to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community,” according to the Washington Blade.
Chad Griffin president of the Human Rights Campaign said: “Now is the time to move equality forward by advancing the Equality Act to ensure LGBTQ Americans are able to go to go to work, raise their families, and live their lives free from discrimination.
“Far too many LGBTQ people face unfair and unjust discrimination each and every day with only a patchwork of protections across the country.”
“We are thankful for Speaker Pelosi reaffirming her commitment to advance this critically important legislation and seize this historic moment to make full federal LGBTQ equality a reality,” he added.
Currently, there are no laws on the federal level that protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the US.
This means that it is legal to fire people for being gay in dozens of states due to uneven state-level protections.
The Equality Act bill faces a smooth path in the House, where the Democrats have a majority but may struggle to get through the Republican-controlled Senate.