Carolyn Maloney Helps Introduce Historic Equality Act of 2019 to Explicitly Outlaw Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identify
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, joined with nearly 240 of colleagues Wednesday to introduce the Equality Act of 2019.
“I am so proud to be part of this historic reintroduction of the bipartisan Equality Act to explicitly outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Rep. Maloney. “No one should be fired from their job or lose their home because of who they are or who they love, but sadly in many states that is just not the case. Millions of LGBTQ Americans can get married one day and fired they next because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The LGBTQ community deserve nothing less than full rights and equal protections under the law and that’s exactly what the Equality Act will provide. In a Congress with a groundbreaking number of members in the LGBT Equality Caucus, I look forward to voting yes and passing this landmark legislation when it comes to the House floor.”
The Equality Act has the bipartisan support of Members of Congress, the strong support of the business community, and the overwhelming support of the American people – with more than 7 in 10 supporting the Equality Act.
Despite significant legal advances over the past several years – including marriage equality, LGBTQ Americans remain vulnerable to discrimination on a daily basis and too often have little recourse. Fifty percent of the national LGBTQ community live in states where, though they have the right to marry, they have no explicit non-discrimination protections in other areas of daily life. In most states, a same-sex couple can get married one day and legally denied service at a restaurant, be fired from their jobs or evicted from their apartment the next.
In some areas, federal law prohibiting sex discrimination has already been properly interpreted by federal courts and administrative agencies to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act affirms these interpretations of existing law and makes the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity explicit, in order to provide greater clarity to members of the public, employers, schools, businesses and others. In areas where sex discrimination is not already prohibited, the bill amends existing law to bar discrimination on the basis of sex, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity.